Impeachment—as a remedy for removing civil officers—was developed in England during the Middle Ages. American practices derive in part from the English procedures as they developed through the late 18th century. The British abandoned the use of impeachment proceedings shortly after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, but Parliament has retained the power to impeach.
The resources listed below discuss English impeachment procedure; the history of English impeachment; and the impeachment of Warren Hastings in the late 1700s. The print materials listed below link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online resources are provided when available.