Date of Award
Master's Essay - Restricted
Master of Arts (MA)
Frank L. Klement
Benjamin F. Butler slowly gazed around the crowded Senate Chamber. His eyes rested for a moment on the sophisticated fur-clad ladies staring expectantly at him from the galleries. He noticed the passive expressions of the tribunal of 54 Senators seated directly before him. Although the sharp March wind whistled through the Capitol building, beads of perspiration glistened on the broad bald crown of the former General's head as he savored the power o:f his position. His squinted eyes further narrowed when he recognized hostile glances :from some of the 190 members of the House of Representatives who had chosen him as their spokesman. The peculiar spasmodic puffing of his cheeks quickened as the Honorable Butler prepared to deliver the speech which would accuse the elective ruler of a Republic of 40 million people of high crimes and misdemeanors while executing his office.
Lawlor, Mary Kathryn, "Suspect the Butler: The Role of Benjamin F. Butler in the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson" (1968). Master's Essays (1922 - ). 1595.