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Samuel Chase Impeachment

Significance, Congress Impeaches Chase, Samuel Chase, Further Readings


United States


Samuel Chase, U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice

Plaintiff's Claim

That Chase should be removed from his post for committing "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" within the meaning of Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.


"Trial managers" John Randolph, Caesar Rodney

Chief Defense Lawyers

Robert Goodloe Harper, Joseph Hopkinson, Luther Martin


The U.S. Senate, with Vice-President Aaron Burr presiding


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

1 March 1805


Chase was found not guilty and was allowed to remain in his post.

Related Cases

  • Aaron Burr Trial, 25 Fed. Cas. 187 (1807).
  • President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial.
  • United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974).


The National Cyclopedia of American Biography New York: James T. White, 1895

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