What Is the Foraker Act?


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The Foraker Act was signed on April 2, 1900 by United States President William McKinley to establish a civilian government in Puerto Rico. This civil law is also known as the Organic Act of 1900, and it was named after its sponsor, Joseph Benson Foraker.

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What Is the Foraker Act?
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The Foraker Act created a new government to include a governor and executive council to be appointed by the President, a 35-member elected House of Representatives, a Supreme Court within a judicial system and a Congress that included a non-voting Resident Commissioner. All federal laws already in effect in the United States were to carry over to Puerto Rico as well.

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