Was Andrew Johnson’s impeachment good? Was he setup to succeed at president? Was he fairly accused and attempted for? Do you

Was Andrew Johnson's impeachment good? Was he setup to succeed at president? Was he fairly accused and attempted for? Do you think it was even possible for Johnson to succeed during the Reconstruction Period? (12 points for answering with detail)

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  1. Johnson was a Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, coming to office as the Civil War concluded. He favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union without protection for the former slaves.


  2. Abraham Lincoln: President during the civil war

    John Marshall: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    Roger Williams: founder of Rhode Island colony

    Ulysses S. Grant: Union general who met at Appomattox Court House

    John Breckenridge: The South's choice for president in 1860

    Rutherford B. Hayes: won the presidency in 1876

    Stonewall Jackson: defeated the Union army at the battle of Bull Run

    Andrew Johnson: Succeeded Abraham Lincoln as US President

    William T. Sherman: Northern general who destroyed everything in his way in the South

    William McKinley: United States president during the Spanish-American War

    Alexander Hamilton: wrote a financial plan for the United States

    Theodore Roosevelt: Commander of the Rough Riders

    Robert E. Lee: Confederate general who surrendered at Appomattox Court

    Aaron Burr: lost the presidential election to Thomas Jefferson

    Sojourner Truth: Wrote about racial discrimination

  3. c. Johnson’s lawyers assured moderate Republicans that he would behave for the rest of his term, so several voted to acquit him


    The votes of about seven moderate Republicans in addition to 12 Democrats Senators gave an edge to President Johnson in what many scholars have termed a weak case for impeachment who was voted guilty by 35 Senators.

    The reason why he was acquitted despite the charges against him for impeachment was that the votes that convicted him fell short of a two-thirds majority.

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