Notable Public Laws as passed by Congress
(NOTE: Bill Numbers shown are from the Statutes at Large set for that Year)

(Updated 21 November 2015)

Online Sources for the Statutes At Large

U.S. Library of Congress (1789 to 1875 Statutes)
U.S. Government Publication Office (1951 to 2002 Statutes)

Cross-Time Periods

Acts and Resolutions of Congress Relating to US Naval Warship Names (1795-1898)

1700s

Army Peacetime Establishment Act of 1790 (30 April 1790) (PDF)
Army Peacetime Establishment Act of 1796 (30 May 1796) (PDF)

1800-1819

Army Peacetime Establishment Act of 1802 (16 March 1802) (PDF)
Declaration of War on the United Kingdom of Great Britain (18 June 1812) (PDF)

1850s

Admission of Minnesota into the Union (11 May 1858) (PDF)

1860s

Authorization of Ironclad Construction (3 August 1861) (PDF)

1900s

The Milita Act of 1903 (21 January 1903) (PDF)

1910s

PL 169 – An Act to Raise the USS Maine and inter the bodies within (9 May 1910) (PDF)
Public Resolution 1: Declaration of War on Germany (6 April 1917) (PDF)
Joint Resolution 169 – Declaration of War on Austro-Hungary (7 December 1917) (PNG)
PL 106 – An Act to save daylight and to provide standard time for the United States (19 March 1918) (PDF)
USN General Board Statement to Committee of Naval Affairs of House of Representatives (12 December 1918) (PDF Excerpt)

1920s

PL 290 – An Act to Deliver the Silver Set of USS Minnesota to the State of Minnesota (25 May 1926) (PDF)
PL 726 – An Act to authorize the construction of certain naval vessels and for other purposes (13 February 1928) (PNG)

1930s

PL 135: Vinson-Trammell Act (27 March 1934) (PDF)
CA 1: National Defense Act of 1935 (21 December 1935) – First official act of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. Established the basis for how the Philippine Armed Forces would behave up to and post-independence.
PL 528 Second Vinson Act (17 May 1938) (PDF)
S.610 Authorizing Officers and Enlisted Men to Accept Foreign Medals (15 July 1939) (PDF)

1940s

PL 537 Increasing the Ranks of Brigadier General in the Army by Four (28 May 1940) (PDF)
PL 93 Authorizing USMC Band at GAR Convention (3 June 1941) (PDF)
PL 94 Authorizing reduction in US Naval Academy length of Instruction (3 June 1941) (PDF)
PL 629 Third Vinson Act (14 June 1940) (PDF)
PL 757 The Two Ocean Navy Act (19 July 1940) (PDF)
PL 230 Establishment of Warrant Officer Rank in Army (21 August 1941) (PDF)
PL (Unknown) Lend Lease Act (11 March 1941)
PL 72 Naval Auxiliary Act of 1941 (24 May 1941) (PDF)
PL 328 Declaration of War on Japan (8 December 1941) (PDF)
PL 331 Declaration of War on Germany (11 December 1941) (PDF)
PL 332 Declaration of War on Italy (11 December 1941) (PDF)
PL 369 Naval Composition Act (23 December 1941) (PDF)
PL 440 Naval Auxiliary Act of 1942 (6 February 1942) (PDF)
PL 563 Declaration of War on Bulgaria (5 June 1942) (PDF)
PL 564 Declaration of War on Hungary (5 June 1942) (PDF)
PL 565 Declaration of War on Rumania (5 June 1942) (PDF)
PL 665 Naval Auxiliary Act of 1942 (9 July 1942) (PDF)
PL 666 Naval Expansion Act of 1942 (9 July 1942) (PDF)
PL 76 Naval Auxiliary Act of 1943 (17 June 1943) (PDF)
PL 61 Landing Craft Act of 1943 (26 May 1943) (PDF)
PL 322 Landing Craft Act of 1944 (31 May 1944) (PDF)
PL 389 Authorization of USMC Band at GAR National Encampment (30 June 1944) (PDF)
PL 482 Establishment of 5-Star Ranks (14 December 1944) (PDF)
PL 19 Establishment of 4-Star US Marine Corps Rank (21 March 1945) (PDF)
PL 20 Establishment of 4-Star US Coast Guard Rank (21 March 1945) (PDF)
PL 54 Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, extension (9 May 1945) (PDF)
PL 326 Appointment of Permanent Brigadier Generals (14 March 1948) (PDF)
PL 253 National Security Act of 1947 (26 July 1947) (8.1 MB PDF)

1950s

PL 660 Returning Mexican War Flags to Mexico (4 August 1950) (PDF)
PL 674 Naval Authorization Act of 1950 (8 August 1950) (PDF)
PL 675 Authorization of USN Band at UCV Reunion (8 August 1950) (PDF)
PL-920: Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950 (12 January 1951) (PDF)
PL 3 Naval Authorization Act of 1951 (20 March 1951) (PDF)
PL 40 Authorization of USN Band at Final UCV Reunion (28 May 1951) (PDF)
PL 90 Naming of USS Forrestal (30 July 1951) (PDF)
PL 181 Peace with Germany (19 October 1951) (PDF)
PL 318 Authorizing Foreigners to be instructed at USMA and USNA (26 March 1954) (PDF)
PL 325 Air Force Academy Act (1 April 1954) (PDF)
PL 328 Observing April 9, 1954 as Bataan Day (8 April 1954) (PDF)
PL 334 Appomattox Court House National Historic Monument Name Change (15 April 1954) (PDF)
PL 338 Acquiring Property for Manassas National Battlefield Park (17 April 1954) (PDF)
PL 343 Authorizing DC to enter Interstate Civil Defense Compacts (22 April 1954) (PDF)
PL 349 Officer Grade Limitation Act of 1954 (5 May 1954) (PDF)
PL 351 Recognizing a border adjustment between Alabama and Florida (6 May 1954) (PDF)
PL 354 Authorizing wear of Foreign Decorations (8 May 1954) (PDF)
PL 372 Act to Investigate Cost of Reconstructing Ford’s Theatre (28 May 1954) (PDF)
PL 380 Changing Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day (1 June 1954) (PDF)
PL 396 Amending the Pledge to Allegiance to add ‘Under God’ (14 June 1954) (PDF)
PL 508 Promoting CBI Theater General Officers to the Rank of General (19 July 1954) (PDF)
PL 523 Maintenance of USS Constitution, Disposition of Hartford, Olympia, and Oregon (23 July 1954) (PDF)
PL 605 Chartering Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (20 August 1954) (PDF)
PL 622 Disposal of Uncompleted Naval Vessels (23 August 1954) (PDF)
PL 637 Communist Control Act of 1954 (24 August 1954) (PDF)
S.J. Res. 26 The Appointment of Douglas MacArthur as General of the Armies of the United States (21 January 1955) (PNG)
PL 85-218 CV-6 Museum in National Capital Area (29 August 1957) (PDF)
PL 85-425 To Increase the Monthly Pensions... (designates CSA veterans as US Veterans) (23 May 1958) (PDF)

1960s

PL 87-3 Restoring Eisenhower as General of the Army (22 March 1961) (PDF)

1970s

PL 91-456 Authorizing the US Flag to fly over the wreck of USS Utah (15 October 1971) (PDF)

1980s

PL 96-206 Authorizing the President to issue a Proclamation honoring Carl Vinson (13 March 1980) (PDF)

1990s

H.R. 2266 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1998 (F-22 No Export Act) (PDF)

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