The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

This might turn into an actual story at some point, but for now, I’m essentially publishing the notes I’m gathering to write a story about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

I don’t know much about Johnson, nor his impeachment proceedings. Frankly, I got sick of listening to whiny ass bitches on Twitter, so I decided to find something else to do with my time. So here’s the fruits of that labor.

Johnson was the 17th president.

On February 24, 1868, the House began impeachment proceedings.

Read The National Republican’s coverage of the House opening impeachment proceedings here.

On March 2nd and 3rd, in 1868, Johnson became the first president to be impeached.

Wiki: The trial in the Senate began three days later, with Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase presiding. On May 16, the Senate did not convict Johnson on one of the articles, with the 35–19 vote in favor of conviction falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority by a single vote.

Wiki: on May 26, the Senate did not convict the president on two articles, both by the same margin, after which the trial was adjourned.

Johnson was impeached by the House, largely because he fired Edwin Stanton. Stanton was Johnson’s secretary of war. Now we assume the president has the power fire whoever he wants from his or her cabinet.

Prior to the repeal of the Tenure of Office Act in 1887, nearly 20 years after Johnson’s impeachment, it wasn’t legal for the president to simply fire people.

The Supreme Court would eventually rule that the Tenure of Office Act was invalid. It looks like in Johnson’s case, the House was wrong to impeach him, but he did break the law as it stood at the time.

The National Republican Coverage of Day 1 Of the House Impeachment of Johnson Feb. 28, 1867

The Alexandria Gazette Coverage of House Impeachment Proceedings of Johnson March 8, 1867

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