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Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States and served from April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869.

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What is the us president in charge of?

The President of the United States is the official head of the United States Government. Unlike the Queen of England and U.K., which is an hereditary, mostly figurehead position (nowadays), POTUS is not. The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, he has the power to send troops to anywhere in the world for a limited period of time, may also call into federal service the state units of the National Guard. In times of war or national emergency, the Congress may grant the president even broader powers to manage the national economy and protect the security of the United States. He appoints the members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Cabinet Secretaries (equivalent to the Prime Minister and of Ministers of office in other countries). He can issue awards, receive other foreign heads of state, offer diplomatic recognition of other states, can issue rules, regulations, and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon federal agencies but do not require congressional approval. He also has the sole right to authorize the use of nuclear weapons. He also has power of clemency--he can pardon sentences and commute sentences. he president appoints ambassadors, ministers, and consuls--and receives ambassadors and other foreign officials to the U.S. The President is responsible for the protection of Americans abroad and of foreign nationals in the United States. He also can declare a state of emergency. He has the ability to withhold information from the public, Congress, and the courts in matters of national security.

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Why was Andrew Johnson impeached?

The main official reason was his violation of a tenure in office law which he was charged with breaking when he fired his Secretary of War, Edward Stanton. There were a lot of people in Congress that wanted him out of office and were looking for some reason to get him out. He was unpopular because, like Lincoln , he did not want to punish the defeated southern states, but rather to take them back into the union as seamlessly as possible. He was a converted Democrat and from a slave state, Tennessee, and so had no natural power base to work in his favor.

President Johnson was primarily impeached for 1) violating the 1867 Tenure of Office Act. Other charges included 2) violating the Command of the Army Act and 3) libeling Congress with "inflammatory and scandalous harangues."

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The Tenure of Office Act prohibited the President from firing any official who had been placed in office with the "advice and consent" of the Senate unless the Senate also approved the removal.

President Johnson wanted to replace Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, whom Lincoln had appointed Secretary of War in 1862. Stanton had informed the President that the military chain of command had been changed, and that the Southern military leaders would henceforth answer only to Congress, and not the President.

In August 1867, Johnson responded by attempting to fire Stanton and replace him with Ulysses S. Grant, but the Senate supported Stanton and refused to confirm Grant's appointment and reinstated Stanton against the President's wishes. In February 1868, Johnson appointed Lorenzo Thomas as the new Secretary of War and ordered the Southern military leaders to report directly to him.

Stanton refused to step down, instead barricading himself in his office where he lived for three days until the House of Representatives brought eleven Articles of impeachment against Andrew Johnson for "high crimes and misdemeanors," among them violating the Tenure of Office Act in defiance of the Senate.

Johnson was impeached by a vote of 126-47 on February 24, 1868, but was acquitted by a single vote (35-19) at the conclusion of his Senate removal trial on May 16, 1868. Johnson completed his Presidential term and left office March 4, 1869. He was succeeded by Ulysses S. Grant.

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The U.S. House of Representatives votes 11 articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson, nine of which cite Johnson's removal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, a violation of the Tenure of Office Act. The House vote made President Johnson the first president to be impeached in U.S. history.

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Which US Presidents have been impeached?

Only three U.S. presidents have been formally impeached by Congress: Andrew Johnson,Β Bill ClintonΒ and Donald Trump. So far, no U.S. president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.

In addition to Johnson, Clinton and Trump, only one other U.S. president has faced formal impeachment inquiries in the House of Representatives: Richard Nixon.

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Why was Bill Clinton impeached?

Clinton was impeached by The House Of Representatives, because of allegedly lying about a sexual encounter he had with a junior member of the White House staff. What really got him into trouble was lying about it under oath.

He was acquitted of the charge by the Senate.

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What was the verdict of Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial?

On May 16, 1868, the Senate made three attempts to remove Johnson from office on charges of violating the Tenure of Office Act (among other things), but each time he was acquitted by a single vote (35-19). That one vote was cast by Senator Edmund Ross. He voted his conscience, but destroyed his political career in the process. He later stated that as he was about to vote he looked down into his own grave. Johnson completed his Presidential term and left of office on March 4, 1869. Ross is one of the subjects of John Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage.
The Senate failed to convict him- he stayed in office. It takes a 2/3 vote to convict and the Senate fell one vote short of conviction.

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What did Andrew Johnson do to get impeached?

President Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act, but never removed from office.

The Tenure of Office Act prohibited the President from firing any official who had been placed in office with the "advice and consent" of the Senate unless the Senate also approved the removal.

President Johnson wanted to replace Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, whom Lincoln had appointed Secretary of War in 1862. Stanton had informed the President that the military chain of command had been changed, and that the Southern military leaders would henceforth answer only to Congress, and not the President.

In August 1867, Johnson responded by attempting to fire Stanton and replace him with Ulysses S. Grant, but the Senate supported Stanton and refused to confirm Grant's appointment and reinstated Stanton against the President's wishes. In February 1868, Johnson appointed Lorenzo Thomas as the new Secretary of War and ordered the Southern military leaders to report directly to him.

Stanton refused to step down, instead barricading himself in his office where he lived for three days until the House of Representatives brought eleven Articles of impeachment against Andrew Johnson for "high crimes and misdemeanors," among them violating the Tenure of Office Act in defiance of the Senate. Other charges included violating the Command of the Army Act and libeling Congress with "inflammatory and scandalous harangues."

Johnson was impeached by a vote of 126-47, but was acquitted by a single vote at his Senate removal trial.

violating laws it had passed.

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What was a fundamental goal of Andrew Johnson?

to guarantee black political rights

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What where Andrew Johnson jobs before he became a president?

When he was 13 he was an apprentice to a tailor.

1824- worked as journeyman

1826- opened a tailor shop

1828- on city council

1830- mayor

1835- elected Democrat to Tennessee Legislature

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Did Andrew Johnson deserve to get impeached?

I would say surely not in the sense that he was such a terrible administrator or derelict in his duties. But maybe he should have had a better political sense and seen that impeachment was coming if he did not make a better effort to placate the impeachment forces. Maybe there was nothing he could do but then, perhaps a president who by no real fault of his own is unable to lead effectively deserves to be impeached.

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Why south hated Andrew Johnson?

I do not think they had any special hatred for him. He was elected a Senator from his home state of Tennessee after the war ended. As the president of the conquering foe, some rebels may have hated him just because of that.

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What personal qualities and ideals did the founding fathers share?

Patrick, A very good question! I would say that they were all men of high honor. Most of them lived lives of such personal probity that would make most people today ashamed in comparison. They were all committed to the idea of individual liberty. They thought people had certain natural rights and that it was wrong to interfere with their exercise of those rights. That was a truly revolutionary idea for the time. Furthermore they were so dedicated to that idea that they willingly risked everyting they had, including their lives, to protect it. Michael Montagne

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Why was Johnson impeached?

President Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act, but never removed from office.

The Tenure of Office Act prohibited the President from firing any official who had been placed in office with the "advice and consent" of the Senate unless the Senate also approved the removal.

President Johnson wanted to replace Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, whom Lincoln had appointed Secretary of War in 1862. Stanton had informed the President that the military chain of command had been changed, and that the Southern military leaders would henceforth answer only to Congress, and not the President.

In August 1867, Johnson responded by attempting to fire Stanton and replace him with Ulysses S. Grant, but the Senate supported Stanton and refused to confirm Grant's appointment and reinstated Stanton against the President's wishes. In February 1868, Johnson appointed Lorenzo Thomas as the new Secretary of War and ordered the Southern military leaders to report directly to him.

Stanton refused to step down, instead barricading himself in his office where he lived for three days until the House of Representatives brought eleven Articles of impeachment against Andrew Johnson for "high crimes and misdemeanors," among them violating the Tenure of Office Act in defiance of the Senate. Other charges included violating the Command of the Army Act and libeling Congress with "inflammatory and scandalous harangues."

Johnson was impeached by a vote of 126-47, but was acquitted by a single vote at his Senate removal trial.

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Who did Andrew Johnson blame for the civil war?

The rich that own 90% of slave

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How old is Andrew Wyles?

Assuming the questioner is referring to the mathematician who proved Fermat's Last Theorem, then Andrew Wiles (note spelling!) is 54 -- see www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Wiles.html

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Who took over the presidency after the murder of Lincoln?

Andrew Johnson.

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Was president Johnson impeached through s unanimous vote of congress?

yes he was only 55

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Why was Andrew Johnson so unpopular?

he was unpopular because he didnt know what he was talking about and still wanted to keep slavery

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Did president Johnson get impeached as president?

yes

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What was the outcome of the impeachment proceedings agianst president Johnson?

The House impeached the President, but the Senate failed to remove him. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Johnson but the Senate failed----by only one vote----to win the two-thirds majority necessary in the Senate to remove Johnson from office!

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Andrew Johnson economy when he was president?

Andrew Johnson's economy was ok when he was president. Although he was born poor, through his hard work he was able to make pretty delightful salaries.

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What president was impeached for defying the Tenure of Office Act?

Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 for violating the Tenure of Office Act. He was not removed from office. His defense questioned the constitutionality of the Act which was later rules unconstitutional.

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Who was the US President after Andrew Johnson?

Ulysses S. Grant was the US President after Andrew Johnson.

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States from 1869 March 4 to 1877 March 4. Grant was a former military general for the Union during the civil war. Much of the votes that US Grant received were based on his performance in the US Civil War.

There were two Presidents Johnson. Ulysses S. Grantsucceeded Andrew Johnson in 1869 and Richard Milhouse Nixonsucceeded Lyndon B. Johnson in 1969.

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States from 1869 March 4 to 1877 March 4. Grant was a former military general for the Union during the civil war.

Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 January 20 to 1974 August 9. Lyndon B. Johnson refused to run for a second full term and Richard Nixon won the 1968 election.

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What were the outcomes of Bill Clinton's and Andrew Johnson's trials?

In both cases they were acquitted and allowed to remain in office.

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How many Senators were at President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial?

A total of 54 Senators were available to vote the day President Johnson's Senate trial ended on May 16, 1868. President Johnson was acquitted by a count of 35-19, just one vote shy of the two-thirds super majority needed for conviction.

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What is the difference between 'Founding Fathers' and 'founding fathers'?

Some might consider the capitalization just more formal or forceful. Others would say that capitalizing the term means that you are referring to a specific group of people, i.e. the American Founding Fathers, instead of a generic group of founding fathers who could have founded anything.

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