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What was the first political argument that shut down the U.S. government?

Asked by DaphneT (5750points) September 26th, 2013

I don’t expect this to be in our collective memory, but could anyone point me to a good on-line source that documents the first government shutdown due to a political argument?

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Rarebear's avatar

The Alien and Sedition acts passed by Congress and signed by John Adams came close.

ETpro's avatar

Newt Gingrich and the new right energized by Lee Atwater did it in 1995 and again in 1996 trying to defund public health initiatives, environmental protection and education, and defund or privatize Medicare over Bill Clinton’s vetos.

DaphneT's avatar

Thanks @ETpro! I’ll look into that one too.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Maybe the Whiskey Revolt when Washington was president?

WestRiverrat's avatar

Not the first, but probably the most serious early shutdown was the Andrew Jackson Bank war that started about 1832.

mattbrowne's avatar

If you mean a country’s bankruptcy, this happened in Iceland on October 9, 2008.

Blondesjon's avatar

If I’m not mistaken it was one of the first Supreme Court decisions ever rendered, Tastes Great vs Less Filling.

i could be wrong. it happens . . .

DaphneT's avatar

@mattbrowne I’m looking United States of America shutdowns, but thanks that info will make an interesting contrast or model. @Blondesjon, thanks for that, but I pretty sure the jury is still deliberating.

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