In this print, the House’s impeachment managers entered the Senate Chamber to present their case against President Andrew Johnson, whom the House had voted to impeach in February of 1868. Thaddeus Stevens, walking with a cane at the center of the composition, was the de facto Republican floor leader at the time and led the impeachment effort. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln, whose assassination led to Johnson’s elevation to the presidency, hangs on the wall behind the procession to the Chamber.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “The House Committee, Elected to Manage the Impeachment of the President, Entering the Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C., on the 4th Inst., to Present the Articles of Impeachment,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2007/2007-345-007/
(January 19, 2021)
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