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On December 1, 1865, President Andrew Johnson issued Presidential Proclamation 148 revoking the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. except in specified states and territories. [Wikimedia Commons]

Presidential Proclamation 148

December 1, 1865

On December 1, 1865, President Andrew Johnson issued Presidential Proclamation 148 revoking the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. except in specified states and territories.

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By the President of the United States of America.

A PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS, by the proclamation of the President of the United States, of the fifteenth day of September, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus was, in certain cases therein set forth, suspended throughout the United States:

And whereas, the reasons for that suspension may be regarded as having ceased in some of the States and Territories:

Now, therefore, be it known that I, ANDREW JOHNSON, President of the United States, do hereby proclaim and declare that the suspension aforesaid, and all other proclamations and orders suspending the writ of habeas corpus in the States and Territories of the United States, are revoked and annulled, excepting as to the States of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, the District of Columbia, and the Territories of New Mexico and Arizona.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, and of the independence of the United States of America the ninetieth.

[L.S.]

By the President
ANDREW JOHNSON.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State
By Order of the Secretary of War

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  • Article Title Presidential Proclamation 148
  • Coverage December 1, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Andrew Johnson
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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