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S.J.Res. 23 (94th): A joint resolution to restore posthumously full rights of citizenship to General R. E. Lee.


The text of the resolution below is as of Aug 5, 1975 (Passed Congress).


89 STAT. 38©                        PUBLIC LAW 94-67—AUG. 5, 1975

                  Public Law 94-67
                  94th Congress
                                             Joint Resolution
 Aug- 5, 1975         To restore posthumously full rights of citizenship to General R. E. Lee.
 [S.J. Res. 23]
                  Whereas this entire Nation has long recognized the outstanding virtues
                     of courage, patriotism, and selfless devotion to duty of General R. E.
                     Lee, and has recognized the contribution of General Lee in healing
                     the wounds of the War Between the States, and
                  Whereas, in order to further the goal of reunion of this country,
                     General Lee, on June 13, 1865, applied to the President for amnesty
                     and pardon and restoration of his rights as a citizen, and
                  Whereas this request was favorably endorsed by General Ulysses
                     S. Grant on June 16,1865, and
                  Whereas, General Lee's full citizenship was not restored to him subse-
                     quent to his request of June 13, 1865, for the reason that no accom-
                     panying oath of allegiance was submitted, and
                  Whereas, on October 12, 1870, General Lee died, still denied the right
                     to hold any office and other rights of citizenship, and
                  Whereas a recent discovery has revealed that General Lee did in fact
                     on October 2, 1865, swear allegiance to the Constitution of the
                     United States and to the Union, and
                  Whereas it appears that General Lee thus fulfilled all of the legal as
                     well as moral requirements incumbent upon him for restoration of
                     his citizenship: Now, therefore, be it
                     Resolved hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
Robert E. Lee.    States of America in Congress a^sembled^ That, in accordance with
Citizenship       section 3 of amendment 14 of the United States Constitution, the legal
restored post-    disabilities placed upon General Lee as a result of his service as Gen-
humously,         eral of the Army of Northern Virginia are removed, and that General
u s e prec.       R. E. Lee is posthumously restored to the full rights of citizenship,
title 1.          effective June 13, 1865.
                    Approved August 5, 1975.




                  LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
                  HOUSE REPORT No. 94-324 (Coram, on the Judiciary).
                  SENATE REPORT No. 94-44 (Coram, on the Judiciary).
                  CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 121 (1975):
                       Apr. 10, considered and passed Senate.
                       July 22, considered and passed House.
                  WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 11, No. 32:
                       Aug. 5, Presidential statement.