Edmund Ross's Influence On The Impeachment Trials Of Andrew Jackson

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Edmund Ross’s Influence on the Impeachment Trials of Andrew Jackson “He is a man off courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.” Socrates quote greatly expresses the courage and determination Edmund Ross showed in the impeding impeachment trials of Andrew Jackson. Edmund Ross played a major role on American History as he fought whether to vote with his conscience or with the majority vote. First, a history on Mr. Edmund Ross is important. Edmund G. Ross served as a Republican Senator for Kansas. He served in a very controversial time when the Impeachment of Andrew Jackson was at full flame in 1868. Andrew Jackson was put to trial for impeachment for violating the separation of powers, violated the …show more content…
They did everything in their power to find evidence to use against Jackson, as they wanted to get him out of office as soon as possible. They lied and cheated at times in order to try to impeach Jackson. Most of the men went along with these lies and cheating scandals as they were ready for Jackson to be out of the White House. Few and far between though, there were those who chose to believe in their conscience rather than the majority vote. Ross was one of …show more content…
From personal experiences, it is very hard to stand up for your beliefs when your job and life depends on those decisions. Ross put his family and himself at risk for being killed, along with his career as a politician because he chose to trust his instinctive answers. He knew that if Jackson was impeached, the war and all that was done to create some equality would be gone. Ross also truly believed that the lies were lies and did not make them out to be true in his head. He lost his political career and his income due to his beliefs, and even though we don’t see his name talked about often, he truly did the right thing in voting with his conscience. Because he chose to stand up for his beliefs and proved it with his actions, even after considerable harsh criticism, I have a profound respect for him. In conclusion, Kansas Senator Edmund G. Ross was a true historical American hero. He trusted his conscience in believing Andrew Jackson was innocent, stood up to the criticisms and reactions from his equal Republican colleagues, and chose to act in a way that America should forever be grateful for. If it wasn’t for Edmund Ross and his strong determination, the United States would not be as it is today. Ross truly showed a courageous act of heroism as he stood for his beliefs on Andrew Jackson, and as American’s we should forever be thankful for him and the sacrifices he and his family had

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