Oregon Bill of 1848

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The Oregon Bill of 1848 was an Act to turn Oregon into an official U.S. Territory. The bill was passed on August 14, 1848. It was made during the 30th United States Congress, and was passed by President James K. Polk. The bill came into question several years after the Oregon Treaty. For two years following that treaty, the United States paid little attention to it. For two years, this remained the case until news of the Whitman massacre reached Congress. So on August 14th, 1848, Congress passed the Act to Establish the Territorial Government of Oregon. The Act created a territory that encompassed present-day Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; as well as parts of Montana and Wyoming.

The Bill passed through the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 140-59 on February 3rd, 1845.