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by Representative John Quincy Adams holding the gag rule unconstitutional,
May 26, 1836
John Quincy Adamss opposition to the gag rule was based on his view
that everyone, slave or free, had the right to petition, and that Congress
should receive these petitions even if it intended no action. On May 26,
1836, when Adamss name was called to vote on the gag rule, he tried
to introduce this motion explaining his vote. Ruled out of order, the
vote proceeded and the gag rule passed the House 117 to 68.