Senators In 1873 Virginia Return Back Pay
How many times do we talk about Congressmen returning their back pay? In the Summer of June, 1873, there was an article. "Senators Who Have Returned Their Back pay, concerning just that sentiment, in The Daily State Journal, dated 20 June 1873.
The complete list of 1873 senators who had returned their back pay were: henry B. Anthony, Rhode Island; Thomas F. Bayard, Delaware; Zachariah Chanler, Michigan; Eugene Casserly, California; Reuben E. Fenton, NY; W. Ferry, Michigan; T. D. Frelinghuysen, NJ; Hannibal Hamlin, Maine;Daniel D. Prat, Indiana; CArl Schurz, Missouri; John Scott, Pennsylvania; Charles Sumner, Mass.; Allen G. Thurman, Ohio; and Henry Wilson, Massachusetts. Fourteen in all.
The above list showed that 8 of the 49 republicans; 3 of the 7 liberal republicans; and 3 of the 17 democrats in the senate at the time of the vote on the salary question, had returned their pay to the Treasury.
Mr. Corbett was understood to have given his back pay towards building of the Washington monument. The total amount of "back pay" returned tot he Treasury was $192,017. Thirty-four, and the number of senators and representatives who had declined to receive it was 46.
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