Judge, A Friend Of Lincoln, Is Impeached

1873

The House impeaches Mark William Delahay of the U.S. District Court in Kansas. Delahay resigns before the Senate acts on the charges, which include public intoxication. Allegations of corrupt dealings also surfaced. Delahay’s appointment to the judgeship by President Abraham Lincoln caused widespread consternation. Observers considered him lacking in experience for the post, and questions were raised about his character as well. His Senate confirmation was viewed as a testament to his long friendship with the president.