13 July 2015

Impeachment Of William Blount


A biography of Albert Gallatin mentioned "the impeachment of William Blount, Senator of the United States, charged with having conspired with the British government to attack the Spaniards of St. Augustine, he [Albert Gallatin] pointed out the true method of procedure in the preparation of the bill of impeachment and the arraignment of the offender."

More from the United States Senate website:

He [William Blount] had apparently devised the plot to prevent Spain from ceding its territories to France, a transaction that would have depressed the value of his extensive southwestern land holdings.

The Impeachment of Senator Blount was featured on "This Day In History (July 7)."

"For the first time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives exercises its constitutional power of impeachment and votes to charge Senator William Blount of Tennessee with 'a high misdemeanor, entirely inconsistent with his public duty and trust as a Senator."'

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