Jefferson Vs Adams Dbq

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Weeks before Jon Adams’ term as president of the United States was coming to an end, he signed the Judiciary Act of 1801. This act was Adams’ way of altering and reorganizing the Supreme Court in his favor before leaving office. With this act, he appointed sixteen circuit judges and forty-two Federalist justices. These justices were called midnight judges because they were appointed up until the last hour of Adam’s presidency, which ended March 4, 1801. He did this as a last-minute effort to ensure that members of his political party would have powerful positions in government. While Adams was a Federalist, our 3rd president Thomas Jefferson was a Republican. Jefferson was enraged at the last-minute appointments as most of the men were conservative …show more content…

He was outspoken about his views, never afraid to speak his mind. In May of 1803, Chase stated “The country was headed down the road to mobocracy, the worst of all popular governments and that Democratic-Republicans would destroy all security for property, and personal liberty." Samuel Chase, 1803. Jefferson and his followers found this statement to be seditious, and that it threatened the principles in which the constitution was written. When Jefferson became aware of the justice’s statements and actions, he demanded action against it. In a letter Jefferson wrote to one of his party leaders, he wrote, "Ought this seditious and official act on the principles of our Constitution, and on the proceedings of a State, to go unpunished? And to whom so pointedly as yourself will the public look for the necessary measures? I ask these questions for your consideration, for myself it is better that I should not interfere." Thomas Jefferson, 1803. Because of this and many other instances in which Chase spoke his mind, the House of Representatives voted that he was to be impeached. The case was taken before the Supreme Court where it was presented for over a week. Some argued that he had not committed any impeachable crimes, while others found his outspoken attitude to be dangerous. During his trial, he did not testify and he was represented by the highly regarded and respected lawyer, Martin Luther. On March 1, 1805, he was found not guilty of all charges. Chase continued to serve six more years as an Associate Justice until his death of a heart attack on the 19th of June in

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