Ross, Edmund G.

Kansas Senator, his vote saved Andrew Johnson from impeachment - one of JFK’s “Profiles In Courage”

Price: $225.00

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(1826-1907) Kansas journalist & railroad promoter, suggested name of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Served in Civil War, appointed to fill Senate vacancy caused by death of James Lane, served from 1866-1871 as Republican. On May 26, 1868, 35 senators voted for Andrew Johnson’s conviction, 19 for acquittal, inc. Ross. As a 2/3 vote was required to convict and remove Johnson, he was saved by 1 vote, Ross’s, despite relentless pressure on him to do otherwise. As a result of his vote, he was publicly vilified, persecuted and physically attacked, and lost reelection. His courage in voting his conscience was cited in John F. Kennedy’s Proflies in Courage. He later affiliated with Democrats, was unsuccessful 1880 candidate for Governor of Kansas. He moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico 1882, appointed Territorial Governor by President Cleveland, served 1885-89. 1 ¾ x 5 ½ signed partial autograph album page as “E G Ross/Kansas”, likely while US Senator. Uncommon and desirable signature!

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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