Bankruptcy Act of 1898

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Bankruptcy Act of 1898
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles
  • National Bankruptcy Act of 1898
  • Nelson Act
  • Nelson Bankruptcy Act of 1898
Long title An Act to establish a uniform system of bankruptcy throughout the United States.
Enacted by the 55th United States Congress
Effective July 1, 1898
Citations
Statutes at Large 30 Stat. 544
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 1035 by Knute Nelson (R-MN)
  • Passed the House on February 19, 1898 (158-125)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on June 24, 1898; agreed to by the Senate on June 24, 1898 (43-13) and by the House on June 28, 1898 (134-53)
  • Signed into law by President William McKinley on July 1, 1898
For an act for the relief and civilization of the Chippewa Indians in the State of Minnesota, see Nelson Act of 1889.

The Bankruptcy Act of 1898 ("Nelson Act", July 1, 1898, ch. 541, 30 Stat. 544) was the first United States Act of Congress involving Bankruptcy that gave companies an option of being protected from creditors. Previous attempts at federal bankruptcy laws had lasted at most a few years.[1]

Its popular name is a homage to the role of Senator Nelson in its composition.

It was significantly amended by the Bankruptcy Act of 1938.

It was superseded by the Bankruptcy Act of 1978.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America, David A. Skeel, Jr., Princeton University Press 2001 (sample online at [1]).

External Links[edit]

The National Bankruptcy Act of 1898, p. PR1, at Google Books