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Other speakers have left House in dramatic fashion

WASHINGTON The forced removal of House speakers has little precedent throughout history. However, although a motion to vacate the speakership has only been made once before in the House (albeit unsuccessfully), several of the 53 speakers in history left their positions unceremoniously.

In July 2015, a group of conservatives led by North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows moved to have the speakership declared vacant in an effort to replace John A. Boehner of Ohio with a leader in whom they have more confidence. Boehner told his GOP colleagues on Friday he would resign his speakership and his House seat at the end of October.

Other speakers who have left in dramatic...