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Senate censure motion against President Andrew Jackson, January 16, 1837
Senates censure of President Jackson was approved 26 to 20 on March
28, 1834. For years, Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, a supporter
of President Jackson, tried to expunge the censure motion. By 1837 the
Democratic Party controlled the Senate and Senator Benton once again moved
to expunge the motion. This time the Democrats had the votes and the measure
passed on January 16. After the vote, the Secretary of the Senate ceremoniously
brought the Senate Legislative Journal into the chamber and, according
to the directions in the resolutions, drew "black lines around the
said resolve, and write across the face thereof, in strong letters, the
following words: Expunged by order of the Senate this Sixteenth
day of January in the year of our Lord, 1837."