Why Was President Johnson Really Impeached, and Why Did He Get to Keep His Office?


President Andrew Johnson has two important distinctions in American history. One is that he was Abraham Lincoln’s vice-president and became the nation’s 17th president after Lincoln’s assassination. The second is that he was the first president to be impeached (and only the second overall, with Bill Clinton being the other one). Impeachment is a formal hearing in the House of Representatives that is done to decide if formal charges of wrongdoing are warranted. If the impeachment is successful, a full trial will be held by the Senate to determine if the president or other high-level government official will be removed from office...

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