04/05/13: 1st page of the official website for the United States Senate as it transferred here. Among other things, it says: “On April 9, 1867, the Senate approved one of the great real estate bargains in history by agreeing to the Alaska purchase treaty. The Senate ratified the treaty with Russia by a vote of 37 to 2.” (Copyright notice as for other pages like this one.). Copyright, with noted exceptions, L. Kochman, April 5, 2013 @ 5:56 p.m.

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On April 9, 1867, the Senate approved one of the great real estate bargains in history by agreeing to the Alaska purchase treaty. The Senate ratified the treaty with Russia by a vote of 37 to 2.

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