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June 29, 1906


The BASIC NATURALIZATION ACT OF 1906 provides a uniform rule for the naturalization of aliens throughout the United States and the courts are required to use standard naturalization forms. This Act required that all applicants for naturalization be able to speak English.

The Department of Commerce and Labor is split into two separate departments. The Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Naturalization are joined into a single entity titled the BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION in the Department of Labor.

Thursday, June 28, 1906 - 19:00
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The left photo shows Matt Henson at his desk in the customhouse (right).
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Matthew Henson (left) accompanied Admiral Robert Peary on seven Arctic and Polar expeditions, reaching the North Pole in 1909. In 1913, he was appointed to an administrative position in the Collector’s office in the New York Custom House at Bowling Green.