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Re: [civilwarwest] Query re political disability

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  • Doug Dougherty
    Was this really ever enforced? Many former Confederate officers later served in the Congress and the Senate. ... From: SDE80@aol.com To:
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 24, 2006
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      Was this really ever enforced?  Many former Confederate officers later served in the Congress and the Senate.
       
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      From: SDE80@...
      Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 07:18 AM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Query re political disability

      Some of you Reconstruction scholars may be able to help me here.

      We know that the 14th Amendment says this:

      Section 3.
      No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

      Was there an omnibus enactment removing this disability in the 1870's, or was it done on a case by case basis?

      Sam Elliott
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