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From: "Ed St.Germain" <>
Subject: [AMER-REV] Re: Pension Question
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 22:22:22 -0700
Someone said: " . . . The earliest pension act was approved March 18,
1818 . . ."
That's dead wrong.
On August 26, 1776, the first pension legislation for the American
colonies as a group was enacted.
On May 15, 1778, another resolution provided for both officer and
The first national pension legislation for widows and orphans was a
Continental Congress resolution of August 24, 1780.
Look in the list archives. I've posted the history of pension acts at
least twice on this list in rather excruciating detail.
For Revolutionary War information on the Internet, your first choice
should be AMERICANREVOLUTION.ORG