The Constitution of the United States set forth the procedure whereby laws could be enacted. After the Constitution was accepted by the various states and the proper statesmen were elected, what was the first law they enacted?

  • This seems more like a History.SE question than politics. Would you like me to move it there? – Affable Geek Jul 31 '13 at 16:03
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    Btw, I'd be willing to bet the first legislation taken up by the new Congress in 1789 was either drafting the Bill of Rights or some sort of administrivia with organizing themselves. – Affable Geek Jul 31 '13 at 16:04
  • @AffableGeek - salaries for congressmen... oups, it was 18th century, not 20th. – user4012 Aug 1 '13 at 19:05

The first law passed by Congress after the constitution was ratified was An Act to Regulate the Time and Manner of Administering Certain Oaths. The text of the act can be found Here. The bill details the manner in which various government officials take an oath to uphold the constitution.

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