Allen C. Guelzo Writes Letter to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

October 14, 2020

On October 13th, 2020, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) requested—and received—unanimous consent that a letter from Dr. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, be entered into the Senate record. Dr. Guelzo's letter was written in response to Senator Kamala Harris' (D-CA) claim that President Abraham Lincoln chose not to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year so that, should he have lost his bid for reelection in 1864, his successor would have been able to fill the seat.

Dr. Guelzo writes, "Lincoln made no comment of this nature about reserving such a nomination, nor was the nomination he did make – that of Salmon Portland Chase – affected by his re-election to the presidency on November 8, 1864." 

The full text of the letter is available at the link below. 

Letter for the Senate Record