House Bill No. 205
An Act to provide relief for the dependent and indigent widows of soldiers who served in the Civil War between the States by granting them a pension, and providing for an appropriation for the payment of the same.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That all widows of deceased Tennessee soldiers of the Civil War between the States are declared to be pensionable, and shall receive a pension of six dollars per month, payable quarterly; Provided, the husband of such a widow was killed or died while in active service and she has not remarried since the death of said soldier husband, and who are not now drawing a pension from some other cause.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That such widows applying for a pension under this Act shall make proof that their said husband was killed or died while in active service, and of their indigence and dependence, and that they are of good moral character.
SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That the widows of deceased soldiers who were married to said soldiers prior to the year 1870 shall be pensionable, and shall receive five dollars per month, payable quarterly; Provided, the husband of such widow had an honorable record as a soldier, and would be pensionable, if living, and she has not married since the death of said soldier husband, and that they are now indigent and dependent and of good moral character; Provided further, that no widow shall be pensioned under this section unless there shall remain a surplus of the appropriation herein made or hereafter to be made, after pensioning all widows applying or coming under Sections 1 and 2 of this Act.
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That the widows pensioned under Sections 1, 2, and 3 of this Act shall be bona fide citizens of Tennessee, and shall have been actual residents of Tennessee three years before filing their applications.
SEC. 5. Be it further enacted, That this Act shall be a part of the present pension system of the State of Tennessee, and the present and succeeding pension officials shall have supervision and control thereof with all the powers and discretions as they now have under the general pension laws of the State of Tennessee.
SEC. 6. Be it further enacted, That upon the marriage of any widow of any soldier above mentioned, who are placed upon the pension rolls under the provisions of this Act, upon the acquisition of sufficient property to support her without the aid of a pension, her right to a pension shall cease, and the Board of Pension Examiners is hereby given full power to strike her name from the roll of pensioners.
SEC. 7. Be it further enacted, That $50,000 ($25,000 annually), or as much thereof as may be necessary, be, and the same is hereby, appropriated for the payment of the pensions, as provided for in this Act.
SEC. 8. Be it further enacted, That in event that any widow who may receive a pension under his Act is not capable of taking care of the pension fund allowed her, the Board of Pension Examiners is hereby clothed with full power to have a guardian or trustee appointed to receive and pay over, from time to time, said pension funds to such widow as such guardian or trustee may deem necessary within their discretion.
SEC. 9. Be it further enacted, That this Act take effect from and after its passage, the public welfare requiring it.
Passed March 29, 1905.
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