The Notaries Public Act of 1876 is found in the Statutes at Large, 44th Congress, 1st Session, Chapter 304,
An act to provide for the appointment of commissioners for taking affidavits, &c., for the courts of the United States.
“Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
That notaries public of the several States, Territories, and the District of Columbia be, and they are hereby, authorized to take depositions, and do all other acts in relation to taking testimony to be used in the courts of the United States, take acknowledgments and affidavits, in the same manner and with the same effect as commissioners of the United States circuit court may now lawfully take or do.
Approved, August 15, 1876.”
Ulysses S. Grant, President, March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877
Source: Library of Congress, Statutes at Large, 44th Congress
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