Under the direction of President John Adams, the Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1798, which made it a criminal offence to publish statements critical of the federal government. The first individual to be tried under the law was Rep. Matthew Lyon, who unsurprisingly had voted against its passage. Lyon was re-elected from jail.
Although confirmed 92-7, Rockefeller did not make an impact as Vice President and subsequently withdrew from President Ford's re-election ticket.
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