By GARY D. ROBERTSON
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Senate has agreed it wants to clear a former governor 140 years after the chamber removed him from his job when he called out the militia to quell an insurrection by the Ku Klux Klan.
Senators voted Tuesday to approve a resolution pardoning Gov. William Woods Holden, who was impeached in 1870 by the House and convicted by the Senate following a trial a few months later.
The Senate voted 48-0 during a legislative session inside the old Capitol building in Raleigh where lawmakers had officially removed Holden from office.
Contemporary historians say Holden was the victim of a Democratic-led Legislature bent on destroying him politically.
The House has to approve the resolution for it to become official.
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