The Tenure Law

March 24, 1869


The struggle between the Senate and the President continues over the Tenure Law. The Senate is anxious to hold onto the power that it gives them, while the President does not believe that the law should apply to him.


The Tenure Law - General Grant has been quite sturdy in his position with regard to the tenure-of-office law. The Senate was anxious to hold on to the great power the law placed in their hands. The President was assured that the law was not made for him ; he might go on removing and appointing, the Senate would acquiesce ; and he might continue the exercise of his own discretion daring the recess, and senators would sustain him. He did not see it in this light ; and firmly declared that the principle of the law was as vital during the seesion as daring the recess of Congress, and that no removal ought to be made during the session except for the causes that warrant them during the recess. So the applicants are shut out, and cannot get in save through the repeal of the tenure bill. The President will not be content with suspensions.
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