Judge English Resigns As Impeachment Trial Nears

1926

Judge George W. English of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois resigns days before his impeachment trial is to begin. President Calvin Coolidge accepts his resignation. The Senate dismisses charges against him. English was impeached on April 1, 1926, for verbally abusing lawyers, litigants and jurors, as well as for corruption and showing favoritism. During the impeachment vote, two representatives nearly came to blows over the possibility that the need to vote on the matter would cut into the House’s Easter recess.