The Presidents Code – President Pro Tempore Jesse Franklin
Jesse Franklin presided over the Senate during the impeachment trials of judge John Pickering and Associate Justice Samuel Chase. This was a time of controversy as Federalists believed that Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans were attempting to remove Federalist judges and replace them with men who agreed with their political philosophy.
John Pickering would be convicted of drunkenness and unlawful rulings and was removed from office. Samuel Chase was impeached on the charges of procedural error in former cases and indecent and unbecoming actions. Chase had opposed Jefferson’s repealing of the Judiciary Act of 1801 and Congress saw his impeachment as a political move by Jefferson supporters which kept them from removing Chase from office. This trial was considered to set an unofficial precedent which established the Supreme Court as a non-partisan entity. After Chase’s impeachment, federal judges would be much more cautious in their political leanings.
Jesse Franklin’s name meaning is a continuation of the storyline, speaking of Adam’s possession. Jesse comes from the Hebrew name יִשַׁי ‘Yishay’ which means ‘my possession’ or ‘my gift.’
Franklin comes from an English surname which was derived from the Middle English word ‘frankelin’ which means freeman. Again this points to Garden of Eden, which was a land of liberty, given as a possession or gift to Adam (Genesis 2:15).
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