The Resource The first impeachment : the constitution's framers and the case of Senator William Blount, Buckner F. Melton, Jr

The first impeachment : the constitution's framers and the case of Senator William Blount, Buckner F. Melton, Jr

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The first impeachment : the constitution's framers and the case of Senator William Blount
Title
The first impeachment
Title remainder
the constitution's framers and the case of Senator William Blount
Statement of responsibility
Buckner F. Melton, Jr
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Six years before Thomas Jefferson hired Meriwether Lewis to open the West, the Southwest Territory was seen by many as part of the natural westward expansion of the United States. William Blount (1749-1800), a land speculator and national politician, served as governor of the Southwest Territory 1790-96. In 1796 he became one of Tennessee's first two U.S. senators. In 1796 and 1797 he became involved in a frontier plot to invade Spanish-held Louisiana and Florida, with British backing, in order to facilitate economic development in the western United States and to increase his land sales there
  • When the federal government discovered Blount's involvement in the conspiracy in mid-1797, the House of Representatives impeached him, the first time it even exercised this power, and the Senate simultaneously expelled him. Impeachment proceedings continued until early 1799, when the Senate dismissed the impeachment, finding that senators are not subject to the process
  • During this time many members of the 1787 Constitutional Convention and their close associates served in Congress, and their application of the impeachment power in the Blount case thus helps to reveal their original intent in regard to the impeachment power. Original intent, while not the exclusive rule of constitutional interpretation, is no less valid than rules focusing upon the Constitution's wording
  • The congressional record of Blount's impeachment reveals that the legislators involved in the episode viewed the actual impeachment or accusation to be a spontaneous product of emotion, that the process as a whole is not criminal in nature, that Bill of Rights criminal procedural guaranties constitutionally attach not of necessity but only at Congress's discretion, and that substantive limits to the impeachment power exist
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Melton, Buckner F
Dewey number
342.73/068
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4961.B58
LC item number
M45 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Blount, William
  • Impeachments
  • Constitutional history
  • United States
  • Blount Conspiracy, 1795-1797
Label
The first impeachment : the constitution's framers and the case of Senator William Blount, Buckner F. Melton, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-319) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Prologue : impeachement, the Constitution and the original intent
  • Conspirators and conspiracies : William Blount and the Old Southwest
  • The first session : clamor, July-November 1797
  • The second session : uncertainty, December 1797-July 1798
  • The third session : resolution, August 1798-January 1799
  • Epilogue : the legacy of the Blount impeachment
Control code
ocm38239238
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 344 pages
Isbn
9780865545977
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98009236
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)38239238
Label
The first impeachment : the constitution's framers and the case of Senator William Blount, Buckner F. Melton, Jr
Publication
Note
Maps on lining papers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Prologue : impeachement, the Constitution and the original intent
  • Conspirators and conspiracies : William Blount and the Old Southwest
  • The first session : clamor, July-November 1797
  • The second session : uncertainty, December 1797-July 1798
  • The third session : resolution, August 1798-January 1799
  • Epilogue : the legacy of the Blount impeachment
Control code
ocm38239238
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 344 pages
Isbn
9780865545977
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98009236
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)38239238

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