The First U.S. President Impeached: ANDREW JOHNSON

VP for Abraham Lincoln; came to power after Pres. Lincoln’s assassination.

  • Grew up poor
  • He was a democrat, while Lincoln was a republican. They ran on a “unity ticket” as polar opposites. When Pres. Lincoln died, Johnson took office and clashed with republicans over the rights of Blacks.
  • Impeached by the House of Representatives for allegedly illegally trying to fire the Sec of War (the previous position for Sec of Def) and narrowly avoided being removed from office by 1 vote in the Senate.