Was President Andrew Johnson really impeached?


Andrew Johnson was impeached (accused of a crime by Congress), but like Bill Clinton, was never convicted, so remained in office.

While the accusation of impeachment was due to his violationg the Tenure of Office Act, the real reason was that the radical Republicans wanted him out of office. Johnson was considered a "Southern sympathizer" and was at odds with the Republican Congress because they did not agree with his Reconstruction plans after the Civil War.


. Andrew Johnson was really attempted to impeache by the House of Representatives on February 24, 1868. Impeachment only presents charges against a government official; in order to remove someone from office, the impeached official must also be convicted at a Senate trail. President Johnson wasn't convicted because the Senate was one vote short of the two-thirds super majority required.

Andrew Johnson was impeached, but not convicted. He served out the remained of his term and left office on March 4, 1869.