make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

NC Senate weighs Reconstruction governor's pardon

READ MORE:

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina governor removed from office during Reconstruction could be absolved of wrongdoing by the same body that convicted him exactly 140 years ago.

The Senate scheduled debate Tuesday on a resolution pardoning the late Gov. William Woods Holden. He was removed from office after the Senate convicted him on March 22, 1871, for six counts related to his effort to stop violence by the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first governor removed from office in the United States.

Holden brought in a state militia to quell an insurrection in Alamance and Caswell counties and held some people without due process rights. Legislators from the party now known as Democrats led the impeachment effort.

The bipartisan sponsors of the pardon bill say it's time to clear Holden's name.

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

AP-NY-03-22-11 0405EDT

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.