Sections 81 through 131 are the names of 48 States, two territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The astute Student should notice that “Sections 81- 131” produce 51 Sections—one short. Alaska, the territory on January1, 1945, is Section 81A.
There are 52 Districts on January1, 1945 and there were 13 Districts on September 24, 1789 the date of the first Judiciary Act, when only 11 States had ratified the Constitution of September 17, 1787. On the date of the Judiciary Act of 1789 there was no mention of territorial composition because there was no territory owned by the United States of America in any of the 11 States, which had ratified that Constitution.
By January1, 1945, the United States of America had purchased some territory in each of the thirteen original States and retained substantial territory in each of the remaining 35 States. The United States of America owned some territory in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico and was ceded all jurisdiction there on January1, 1945.
“Sections 81 – 131 of this chapter show the territorial composition of districts and divisions by counties as of January 1, 1945,” so each “Section” from 81 to 131 will show the territorial composition of every class of “District.” It follows that each of the 48 States will contain territory equal to Section 88 District of Columbia, which consists of territory owned by and ceded to the United States of America.
Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera