The Perils of William Blount

The Perils of William Blount

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William Blount is in the midst of an impeachment trial. With the evidence and odds stacked miles high against him, what's a 1790's senator to do?

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  • December 17th, 1798. A historic occasion. Today is the first impeachment trial in the U.S., against Senator William Blount of Tenessee.
  • Blount is accused of conspiring to take Spanish land for the claim of Great Britain. The odds, and the evidence, are stacked against him.
  • "William Blount. You are accused of consorting with a foreign nation for the acquisition of a sovereign power's territory. How do you plead?"
  • "Guilty, Your Honor. I have committed an atrocity most erroneous. I can only beg my fellow senators for forgiveness and mercy."
  • "AYE!"
  • "Shall we vote? All those in favor of expulsion, say "Aye", those opposed- "Nay".
  • Looks like the "Aye's" have it, 25 to 1. William Blount, you are hereby evicted from the body of the senate.
  • "AYE!"
  • "Nay?"
  • "That is the last time I ever accept crumpets as payment for committing an impeachable offense. Probably.
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