The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
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Harper's Weekly, March 28, 1868, page 195

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The Senate on March 6 finished the long discussion on the right of the President pro tem. to act as a member of the Court by the withdrawal of the objections of Mr. Hendricks, and that officer was duly sworn in. On the same day the Sergeant-at-Arms was ordered to serve the summons of the Court on the President, it being made returnable on March 13, to which time the Senate as a Court adjourned.

The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, Mr. George T. Brown, waited on President Johnson at the White House on the afternoon of March 7, and was at once admitted to the room of that official. Mr. Johnson received him standing at his table, attended only by his private Secretary, Colonel W. G. Moore. The ceremony was very brief. Mr. Brown announced his business in a few words, and handed the President the writ, which he read, and returning it said he "would attend to the matter." Our engraving in the front page is an accurate representation of this interesting scene.

On March 13 the Court reassembled, and the Managers on the part of the House and the counsel of the President, consisting of Messrs. Henry Stanbery, who resigned his position as Attorney-General of the United States to defend Mr. Johnson, Benjamin R. Curtis, J.L. Black, William M. Evarts, and Thomas A. R. Nelson, at once took their places for the trial. The President through his counsel entered a plea asking for forty days to prepare his defense; and the counsel united in asking the same time. It was, however, denied; ten days were deemed sufficient for preparation, and the trial was set to begin on March 23.

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