Make-or-Break Vote

Posted July 11, 2007 at 4:03pm

Members of the Senate Elections Committee count votes to determine whether Sen. Truman Newberry should retain his seat in this 1921 photo. Newberry, a Republican from Michigan, beat wealthy automaker Henry Ford to claim the Senate seat. He later was convicted of election irregularities under the Federal Corrupt Practices Act, though that conviction was reversed by the Supreme Court. The Senate declared that Newberry was entitled to his seat, but he eventually resigned in the face of a renewed call to unseat him. Sens. Walter Edge of New Jersey and Selden Spencer of Missouri are in the foreground