Nashville: S.C. Mercer, Printer to the State, 1867. 124, 8, (3), 207pp. Library buckram, gum label at base of spine, rubberstamp on title page. Else Very Good.
Governor Brownlow, who had replaced Andrew Johnson as Union Governor of Tennessee, called a legislative session on July 4, 1866, to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, establishing citizenship for the freedmen, and prohibiting States from denying them equal protection of the laws, due process of law, and the privileges and immunities of citizenship. A quorum did not attend. The House then ordered the absent members' arrests.
Judge Frazier granted the arrested members' petition for habeas corpus, on the ground that Tennessee law did not prohibit their absence. For this he was impeached, and removed from office despite his assertion that, lacking any sympathy for the absentees, he was nevertheless compelled to do his judicial duty.
FIRST EDITION. Allen 6525. Marke 1014. Not in Harv. Law Cat. Item #34513