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May 20, 1862 Act to secure Homesteads to actual Settlers on the Public Domain.
Act provided that certain qualifying persons could be entitled to enter one quarter section or a less quantity of unappropriated public lands upon filing a preemption claim. Any person owning and residing on land may, under the provisions of this act, enter other land lying contiguous to his or her land which shall not, with the land so already owned and occupied, exceed in the aggregate of 160 acres. Sets forth requirements to be met in order to receive certificates and patents. No individual could acquire title to more than one quarter section under the provisions of this act; existing preemption rights were not impaired.
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