News journals like Harper’s Weekly were so riveted by the nation’s first presidential impeachment that they documented even the minutiae of its progress. These illustrations showed A. G. Burr sleeping through John Chanler’s “loud, shrill” speech; reporters sprinting to the telegraph office as soon as the impeachment articles were published; and what was regarded as the last speech of the leader of the impeachment forces, the ailing Thaddeus Stevens, which brought Members, reporters, and even young Pages to rapt attention.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Scene in the House - Apathy of the Members A Race for the Wires - Energy of the Reporters The Last Speech on Impeachment - Thaddeus Stevens Closing the Debate in the House,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2009/2009-129-001/
(September 23, 2021)
For Additional Information
Office of the Historian Office of Art and Archives
Attic, Thomas Jefferson Building Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 226-1300