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the fundamental condition that there shall be, within the State of Nebraska, no denial of the elective franchise or of any other right, to any person by reason of race or color, except Indians not taxed, and upon the further fundamental condition that the Legislature of Nebraska shall declare the assent of the State to the foregoing condition, and shall transmit a copy of the act to the President. The bill was vetoed by the President on Jan. 30. The Senate passed it over the veto on Feb. 8-yeas 30, nays 9; the House on Feb. 9-yeas 120, nays 44.
On Jan. 29, a bill similar to the preceding for the admission of Colorado was vetoed, and no vote was subsequently taken upon it.
On Jan. 10, a bill regulating the elective franchise on the same basis in all Territories was adopted.
On Feb. 6, 18€7, the lower branch of the Tennessee Legislature passed a bill striking the word "white" from the franchise law of the Stateyeas 38, nays 25. On Feb 18, the Senate concurred-yeas 14, nays 7. On March 21, the supreme court of the State unanimously sustained the constitutionality of the franchise law. In August, the negroes, for the first time, exercised
the franchise, at the election for Governor, at which the Republican candidate received a majority of more than 50,000 votes.
On April 6, a joint resolution was passed by the Legislature of Ohio to propose an amendment to the State constitution, striking the word "white" from the franchise law of the State. A popular vote on this amendment was taken at the October election, when it was rejected by a majority of 50,629.
In November, 1867, a special vote was taken in Minnesota and Kansas on proposed amendments to the State constitutions, extending the elective franchise to persons irrespective of color. In both States the amendments were rejected, by 1,248 majority in Minnesota, and 9,071 majority in Kansas. In Kansas a special vote was taken at the same time on an amendment extending the elective franchise to women. It was also rejected by 10,658 majority.
In Wisconsin, in 1848, an amendment to the State constitution giving colored persons the right of suffrage was submitted to the people, and received a majority. The Supreme Court, in 1866, decided that that vote was sufficient. Negroes are entitled to vote in that State.
THE IMPEACHMENT QUESTION.
On the 7th of January, 1867, Mr. James M. Ashley (Rep.) Member of Congress from Ohio, rising to a question of privilege, submitted the following, which was agreed to:
"I do impeach Andrew Johnson, Vice-President and acting President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors. I charge him with a usurpation of power and violation of law, in that he has corruptly used the appointing power; in that he has corruptly used the pardoning power; in that he has corruptly used the veto power; in that he has corruptly disposed of the public property of the United States; in that he has corruptly interfered in elections, and committed acts, and conspired with others to commit acts which, in contemplation of the Constitution, are high crimes and misdemeanors."
Mr. Ashley appended a resolution directing the Judiciary Committee to make a thorough investigation in the matter, and the House, on the same day, adopted the resolution by 107 yeas to 39 nays. The Committee began to take testimony on the 6th of February, and continued at intervals for several months. On the 25th of November, they sent in an enormous mass of testimony, (printed in 1163 pages,) and submitted therewith their report, or rather three reports. Messrs. Boutwell, Williams, Thomas, Lawrence and Churchill agreed in favor of impeachment, and submitted this resolution:
Resolved, That Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, be impeached of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Messrs. Wilson and Woodbridge were not in favor of impeachment, and reported thus:
Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary be discharged from the further consideration of the proposed impeachment of the President of the United States, and that the subject be laid upon the table.
Messrs. Marshall and Eldridge (Democrats)
were of course opposed to the whole proceeding.
The reports were received and laid over for a few days. On the 6th of December the House took up the report. There was no real debate, the opponents of impeachment using up the session in motions to adjourn, for call of the House, &c. The next day the report came up, and after a little more fillibustering, the House reached the main business, and the resolution "that Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, be impeached of high crimes and misdemeanors," was lost-yeas, 56; nays, 109; absent or not voting, 22. Thus closed the impeachment movement.
We give the following analysis of the vote. The figures before the names indicate the District from which the Member comes. (Democrats in Italic.)
THOSE WHO VOTED FOR IMPEACHMENT.
1-Jacob H. Ela,
2-Aaron F. Stevens.
7-George S. Boutwell, 5-Benjamin F. Butler. NEW YORK-3. 22-John C. Churchill, 27-Hamilton Ward. 25-William H. Kelsey.
7-John M. Broomall, 2-Charles O'Neill,
4-William D. Kelley, 23-Thomas Williams,
18-Stephen F. Wilson,
10-James M. Ashley,
6-Reader W. Clarke, 17-Ephraim R. Eckley.
4-William Lawrence, 3-Robert C. Schenck,
4-Wm. H. Barnum, 1-Rich. D. Hubbard, 2-Julius Hotchkiss, 3-H'yH.Starkweather. NEW YORK-20.
21-Alex'r H. Bailey, 26-Wm. S. Lincoln, 8-James Brooks, 18-James M. Marvin. 7-John W. Chanler, 23-Dennis McCarthy, 16-Orange Ferris, 14-John V. L. Pruyn, 19-William C. Fields, 10-Wm. H. Robertson, 15-John A. Griswold, 3-Wm. E. Robinson, 17-Calvin T. Hulburd, 6-Thomas E. Stewart, 30-J M. Humphrey, 1-Stephen Taber, 12-John H. Ketcham, 31-Henry Van Aernam, 20-Addison H. Laflin, 11-Chas. H. Van Wyck. NEW JERSEY-4.
2-Charles Haight, 4-John Hill, 5-George A. Halsey, 3-CharlesSitgreaves.
6-Benj'n M. Boyer, 22-James K. Moorhead, 8-J. Lawrence Getz, 1-Sam'l J. Randall, 15-A. J. Glossbrenner, 5-Caleb N. Taylor, 16-William H. Koontz, 11-D. M. Van Auken, 24-Geo. V. Lawrence, 12-G. W. Woodward, 14-George F. Miller.
1-Delos R. Ashley.
Total voting in the negative, 108, of whom 67 were Republicans, and 41 were Democrats. ABSENT OR NOT VOTING. ILLINOIS-13-Green B. Raum. INDIANA-9-Schuyler Colfax. KENTUCKY-2--John Y. Brown; 1-Lawrence S. Trimble; 9-John D. Young. (These three are not yet in the House.) MASSACHUSETTS-8-Ginery Twitchell. MICHIGAN-3--Austin Blair. MINNESOTA-1-William Windom. MISSOURI-3--James R. McCormick. NEBRASKA-1--John Taffe.
NEW JERSEY-1-William Moore.
NEW YORK-2-Demas Barnes; 13-Thomas Cornell; 4-John Fox; 5-John Morrissey ; 24-Theodore M. Pomeroy; 28-Lewis Selye; 29-Burt Van Horn; 9-Fernando Wood. OHIO-7-Samuel Shellabarger. OREGON-1--Rufus Mallory.
PENNSYLVANIA--10-Henry L. Cake; 20-Darwin A. Finney; 17-Daniel J. Morrill; 19Glenni W. Scofield.
RHODE ISLAND-1-Thomas A. Jenckes.
WEST VIRGINIA-2-Bethuel M. Kitchen. Total absent or not voting, 22; of whom 18 are Republicans and 4 are Democrats.
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UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.
December 15th, 1867.
ANDREW JOHNSON, of Tennessee, President of the United States...
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, of New York, Secretary of State...
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.
SALMON P. CHASE, of Ohio, Chief Justice...
NATHAN CLIFFORD, of Maine, Associate Justice. | DAVID DAVIS, of Illinois. Associate Justice.
NOAH H. SWAYNE, of Ohio,
Salary of Associate Justices, $6,000. Court meets first Monday in December, at Washington.
MINISTERS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
ENVOYS EXTRAORDINARY AND MINISTERS PLENIPOTENTIARY.
St. Petersburg ....Cassius M. Clay, Ky.
Alexander Asboth, Mo..
Albert G. Lawrence, R. I..
Fitz Henry Warren, Iowa
..R. H Rousseau, Ky.
Robert B. Van Valkenburgh, N. Y.
Hugh Ewing, Kansas
..Peter J. Sullivan. Ohio
..Andrew B. Dickinson, NY.
..John P. Hale, N. H.
MINISTERS RESIDENT AND CONSULS GENERAL.