1812.018: Proposed Resolutions on Conduct of Senators Giles and Brent in Congress.

Published: 1812

Full Title: [Proposed resolutions in relation to the conduct of William B. Giles and Richard Brent in the senate of the United States].

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: 1 pg.


No copy known extant; Pleasants was ordered on January 14, 1812, to print 250 copies of these resolutions for the consideration of the General Assembly. The prior Assembly instructed Virginia's congressional delegation to vote against renewing the charter of the Bank of the United States; when that renewal reached the U.S. Senate, both of the state's senators – William Branch Giles and Richard Brent – voted in favor of extending the charter contrary to those instructions. These resolutions were proposed by John Tyler Jr. (1790-1862), son of the recently retired governor and future U.S. president; he sought to censure Giles & Branch out his own belief that such charters were an illegitimate extensions of federal power; the debate over Tyler's initial foray into constitutional politics led to a larger and more complex one concerning the right of state legislatures to instruct their state's congressional delegation (see 1812.019, 1812.020, & 1812.021); that process turned Tyler's simple censure into a statement on constitutional law and principles.

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