Confederate Tie Leads To Impeachment Conviction

1862

The Senate takes one day to convict West H. Humphreys and remove him from the bench in the U.S. District Court for Tennessee. The House impeached Humphreys on May 6, 1862, for supporting the Confederate rebellion preceding the Civil War. After Tennessee seceded from the Union, Humphreys accepted an appointment to be a judge on the Confederate District Court of Tennessee. He did not resign his U.S. judgeship. The Senate bars Humphreys from ever holding another federal post.