Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Today -100: March 2, 1911: Of senators

The lame-duck Senate declares William Lorimer (R-Illinois) duly elected by a vote of 46-40, despite the wide-scale bribery of state legislators in his 1909 election. Interestingly, he was supported by 36 Republicans and 10 Dems, and opposed by 22 R’s and 18 D’s. The Senate’s so-called investigation did not require Lorimer to testify. The vote is an interesting coda to yesterday’s vote against the popular election of senators.

Lorimer will eventually be expelled in the summer of 1912.

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