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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate is ready to consider whether to clear a Reconstruction-era 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 were expected to decide Tuesday whether to pardon Gov. William Woods Holden. The question would coincide with a special legislative session inside the old Capitol building where Holden was impeached in 1870 and convicted a few months later. The House also would have to agree with the resolution for it to become official.

The Legislature is meeting a block away from its current home on the 235th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, which directed North Carolina’s representatives to the Continental Congress to vote for independence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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