Secret Societies and Mary Todd Lincoln’s Franking Privilege – in the United States Statutes at Large
August 12, 2010
A frequent task Summer Associates have been faced with is trying to determine what precisely has happened with federal statutes over time. On Westlaw we have the United States Code Annotated back through 1990 (USCAXX, XX= 2 digit year), but it is important to note that we also have United States Public Laws (US-PL) , and The United States Statutes at Large (STATLRG)back to the creation of the United States. Many of the Acts in the Public Laws and Statutes at Large are not codified, of course.
- Mary Todd Lincoln was granted the Franking Privilege – 14 Stat. 3 (the Franking Privilege entitles you to free postage).
- Original pay rates of Congress – 1 Stat. 70 were $6 per day, but only days that they attended!
- The President’s pay rate – 1 Stat 72 ( 25,000 which would be $628,000 in 2009 dollars using the Consumer Price Index Method).
- As well as the first secret society incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1893 28 Stat. 96, the Knights of Pythias.