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The U.S. Senate votes to expel Indiana Senator Jesse Bright as a Southern sympathizer

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02/05/1862
Jesse Bright of Indiana was a senior Democrat, and a slaveowner in Kentucky, who had earlier written a letter of introduction for an arms-dealer friend to Jefferson Davis in Richmond, addressing him as the Confederate president.  A case for his expulsion was referred to the Judiciary Committee in December 1861.  On January 13, 1862, by a vote of 5-2, the committee ruled that the case did not rise to the level required for expulsion.  Despite this, the Senate expelled Bright on a vote of 32-14, the last expulsion ever by that body.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Robert C. Byrd, Mary S. Hall,The Senate, 1789-1989: Addresses on the History of the United States Senate (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988), 238.

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