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/tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_varnum_2005_16_6-1.xmlCollection of the U.S. House of Representatives About this objectMassachusetts Representative Joseph Varnum served two terms as Speaker of the House before winning election the Senate.
The Franco-English war spilled into the Atlantic as both sides restricted neutral shipping. In response, President Thomas Jefferson urged Congress to embargo all U.S. trade with the belligerents as long as the war raged. Congress quickly passed the Embargo Act, but rampant smuggling soon led to an Enforcement Act that greatly extended the police power of the Federal Government. Just days before President Jefferson left office, Congress replaced the embargo with the Nonintercourse Act. It banned trade with Great Britain and France until one or both recognized neutral shipping rights.