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03-03 ImmigrationOn March 3, 1891, with the passing of the Immigration Act, Congress voted to establish the office of U.S. Superintendent of Immigration. With the disbanding of the Castle Garden Immigration Processing Center the year before and the plans to open a centralized federal immigration processing center on Ellis Island the year after, the first appointee to the post was former Indiana Congressman, William D. Owen. He would hold the post for the next two years.

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