Credentials of territorial delegate Julien de Lallande Poydras, March 15, 1809
On March 2, 1805 Congress passed legislation to further provide for the territorial government of Orleans which was a major step towards Louisiana statehood. The act provided for a greater degree of representative government by, among other provisions, allowing the territory to have representation in the U.S. Congress. The territorial government selected Daniel Clark to be their first delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1809 Julien de Lallande Poydras replaced Clark as delegate; Poydras became instrumental in the statehood movement.