Congressional Edition Volume 1434

Congressional Edition Volume 1434

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...of ineligibility by reason of giving aid and comfort to those engaged in armed hostility to the Union. The statute cited by the governor in the certificate given to Mr. Wimpy gives the benefit of its provision only to a person "who is eligible.'" Now, it appeared before the committee, upon the admission of Mr. Wimpy, that he had served in the army of the rebellion for about eighteen months, being elected to and serving in the office of ensign during a portion of that period. It is due to Mr. Wimpy to state that he claimed to have been forced to this course by public opinion in his neighborhood, and that he claimed to have always been a Union man. Nevertheless, the committee was of opinion that at the time of this election Mr. Wimpy, like Mr. Christy, could not take the oath of office because he had " voluntarily given aid, countenance, counsel, and encouragement to persons engaged in armed hostility to the government of the United States." If, therefore, the provision in the statute of Georgia included members of Congress and also this cause of ineligibility, still Mr. Wimpy could not avail himself of it because of his own ineligibility at the time of the election. Nor would a subsequent removal of disabilities by act of Congress give Mr. Wimpy the benefit of this act, because the act refers to the eligibility at the time of the election; and if such an act could bring Mr. Wimpy within its provisions, such an act could likewise take Mr. Christy out of its provisions, and upon its passage he would, with a majority of the votes, be instantly entitled to the seat. This conclusion, arrived at unanimously by the committee, renders it unnecessary to determine other questions raised in this case which would otherwise more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,098g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977890
  • 9781236977892