Houston Beat The Daylights Out of Congressional Critic

Final arguments were presented on May 7, 1831 in the U.S. House of Representatives trial of Sam Houston for the public beating of Rep. William Stanbery of Ohio.

Three weeks earlier, Houston confronted his critic on Pennsylvania Avenue and thrashed the Congressman with a hickory cane.  Stanbery pulled his pistol only to have it misfire sparing the life of the future President of the Texas Republic.  The House voted to convict Houston of contempt of Congress, but his punishment was a mild reprimand.

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