The American Presidency Project

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July 25, 1840
Martin van Buren

The President of the United States, in pursuance of a resolution of the Senate of the 20th instant, herewith transmits to the honorable Secretary of the Senate a copy of the report of Captain M. C. Perry in relation to the light-houses of England and France.

M. VAN BUREN.

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Arlington National Cemetery

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LBJ shaking hands with Martin Luther King after signing the civil rights act.

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