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telegram regarding passage of13th amendment

On January 31, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln received a telegram from John George Nicolay, his secretary, reporting that the House passed what would become the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The vote count for the amendment was 119 for and 56 against. With ratification of this amendment, it became the law that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

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