U.S Code last checked for updates: Jun 20, 2021
§ 1458.
Secretary to exercise certain powers over Territories

The Secretary of the Interior shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties in relation to the Territories of the United States that were, prior to March 1, 1873, by law or by custom exercised and performed by the Secretary of State.

(R.S. § 442.)
cite as: 43 USC 1458