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S.J.Res. 62 (84th): Joint resolution dedicating the Lee Mansion in Arlington National Cemetery as a permanent memorial to Robert E. Lee

The text of the resolution below is as of Jun 29, 1955 (Passed Congress).


190                                  PUBLIC LAW 107-JUNE 29, 1955                 [69   ST AT

                   progress of the planning and construction of the building. Upon
                   completion of the building, the Joint Committee shall submit a final
                   report.
  Appropriation.      OEC. 5. That there are hereby authorized to be appropriated to the
  Post, p. 461.
                   Eegents of the Smithsonian Institution such sums, not to exceed
                   $36,000,000, as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this
  Transfer to GSA. Act: Provided, That appropriations for this purpose, except such p a r t
                   as may be necessary for the incidental expenses of the Regents of the
                   Smithsonian Institution in connection with this project, shall be trans-
                   ferred to the General Services Administration for the performance
                   of the work.
                      Approved June 28, 1955.


                   Public Law 107                                           CHAPTER 223
 June 29. 1955                              JOINT RESOLUTION
 [S. J. Res. 62]   Dedicating the Lee Mansion in Arlington National Cemetery as a permanent
                                           memorial to Robert E. Lee.

                     Whereas the ninth day of April 1955 is the ninetieth anniversary of
                        the Appomattox cessation of hostilities between our States; and
                     Whereas of the two great figures therein involved, one. General Ulysses
                        S. Grant, has been highly honored by becoming President of the
                        United States, but the other, Robert E . Lee, has never been suitably
                        memorialized by the National Government; and
                     Whereas Robert E. Lee had graduated from West Point, dedicated
                        himself to an Army career, and became a colonel in the United States
                        Army, then the commander of the Confederate forces, attained
                        world renown as a military genius, and after Appomattox fervently
                        devoted himself to peace, to the reuniting of the Nation, and to the
                        advancement of youth education and the welfare and progress of
                        mankind, becoming president of the Washington and Lee University
                        at Lexington, Virginia; and
                     Whereas the desire and hope of Robert E . Lee for peace and unity
                        within our Nation has come to pass in the years since his death, and
                        the United States of America now stands united and firm, indivisible,
                        and unshakable; and
                     Whereas Public Resolution Numbered 74, Sixty-eighth Congress,
   43 Stat. 135&        approved March 4,1925, provided for the physical restoration of the
                        Lee Mansion but did not dedicate the same as a permanent memorial
                        to Robert E . Lee: Now, therefore, be it
                        Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
   Robert E. Lee.    States  of America in Congress assembled, That the Congress of the
   C on gr e ssional
tribute.             United States, at this anniversary time, does hereby pay honor and
                     tribute to the everlasting memory of Robert E . Lee, whose name will
                     ever be bright in our history as a great military leader, a great edu-
                     cator, a great American, and a truly great man through the simple
                     heritage of his personal traits of high character, his grandeur of soul,
                     his unfailing strength of heart.
                        SEC. 2. That the Congress of the United States does hereby express
                     its humble gratitude to a kind Providence for blessing our Nation
                     with leaders of true greatness who, like Robert E . Lee, have been able
                     to see beyond their times, and by whose vision, guidance, and wisdom
                     this Nation has gone forward to a place of world leadership as the
                     unfaltering and powerful champion of peace, liberty, and justice.
  Custis-Lee Man-       SEC. 3. That the magnificent manor house situated in its prominent
sion.
   De di c ation as position at the brow of a hill overlooking the Potomac River in Arling-
memorial.
                     ton National Cemetery, and popularly known as Lee Mansion, be

69 S T A T . ] PUBLIC LAW 109-JUNE 29, 1955 191 officially designated as the Custis-Lee Mansion, so as to give appropri- ate recognition to the illustrious Virginia family in which General Lee found his wife, and that the Custis-Lee Mansion is hereby dedicated as a permanent memorial to Robert E . Lee, and the Secretary of the Interior is authorized and directed to erect on the aforesaid premises a suitable memorial plaque, and to correct governmental records to bring them into compliance with the designation authorized by this joint resolution. Approved June 29, 1955. Public Law 108 CHAPTER 224 AN ACT June 29, 1955 To provide for the transmission in the mails of live scorpions. [S. J5] Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Rep7'esentatwes of the United States of America in Congress dsseinbled^ That section 1716 of title 18 of the United States (^ode is amended by inserting 62 Stat. 781. immediately after the second paragraph thereof the following new paragraph: "The Postmaster General is authorized and directed to permit the transmission in the mails, under regulations to be prescribed by him, of live scorpions which are to be used for purposes of medical research or for the manufacture of antivenin. Such regulations shall include such provisions with respect to the packaging of such live scorpions for transmission in the mails as the Postmaster General deems neces- sary or advisable for the protection of Post Office Department per- sonnel and of the public generally and for ease of handling by such [)ersonnel and by any individual connected with such research or manufacture. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be con- strued to authorize the transmission in the mails of live scorpions by means of aircraft engaged in the carriage of passengers for compensa- tion or hire." Approved June 29, 1955. Public Law 109 CHAPTER 225 JOINT RESOLUTION june 29, 1955 Authorizing the erection of a memorial gift from the Government of Venezuela, [H. J. Res. 232] Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United, States of America in Congress assembled^ That the Secretary of the statue. Simon B o l i v a r Interior is authorized to accept, on behalf of the Government of the A c c e p t a n c e . United States, a statue of the liberator, Simon Bolivar, to be erected .on public grounds under the administration of the Secretary of the Interior, as a gift to the Goverimient of the United States from the Government of Venezuela as a token of friendship. SEC. 2. The design and site of such statue shall be approved by the Secretary of the Interior, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the Commission of Fine Arts, and the United States shall be put to no expense in or by the erection of this statue. SEC. ?>. (a) The authority conferred pursuant to this joint resolution shall lapse unless the erection of such statue is commenced within five years after the date of the passage of this joint resolution. (b) All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistencies. Approved June 29, 1955.