The Uniform Partnership Act was first proposed in 1914 and was adopted by every state in America at the time, except for Louisiana. As the Uniform Partnership Act was a Uniform Act and not a Federally mandated Act, the idea behind it was to ensure that all states would apply the same statutes and standards with regard to partnerships without the Federal Government passing a law and requiring them to do so.
Individual states could modify their particular version of the Uniform Partnership Act, but for the most part the Uniform Partnership Act would allow partnerships to actually function across multiple states without needing to consider entirely different procedures and statutes.
The original Uniform Partnership Act has since been replaced by a Revised Uniform Partnership Act, with the latest version of this Revised Uniform Partnership Act having been proposed in 1997. Most states have adopted the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, though not all have.
The original Uniform Partnership Act primarily gave power and definition in terms of partnerships to the partnership agreement that would be made between the partners at the time of partnership formation. This meant that each partnership might be a somewhat different affair under the Uniform Partnership Act, with certain stringent rules.
The Revised Uniform Partnership Act, however, was designed to set up default rules for partnership agreements, such that if a given partnership agreement did not deal with certain concerns, then the defaults would come into effect.
Another important partnership Act was the Partnership Act of 1890, which was a partnership Act put into place in the United Kingdom by its Parliament. The Partnership Act of 1890 was unlike the Uniform Partnership Act in that it was, essentially, a Federal document.
Furthermore, the Partnership Act of 1890 immediately established certain elements of all partnerships, such as the fact that a partnership might be formed in a number of ways, including written documentation and oral agreements. Furthermore, the Partnership Act of 1890 established that a partnership would immediately end upon the death of a partner.