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Email Details In May,the Senate came within a single vote of taking the unprecedented step of removing a president from office. Although the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson was ostensibly about a violation of the Tenure of Office Actit was about much more than that.
The trial was, above all else, a political trial. Andrew Johnson was a lifelong Democrat and slave owner who won a place alongside Abraham Lincoln on the Republican ticket in order to gain the support of pro-war Democrats. Johnson was fiercely pro-Union and had come to national prominence when, as a senator from the important border state of Tennessee, he denounced secession as "treason.
Lincoln congratulated Lee on his surrender, announced that his cabinet was united on a policy of reconstructing the Union, and expressed the hope that the states of the Confederacy would extend the vote to literate negroes and those who served as Union soldiers.
Then came the tragic events at the Ford Theater. When Andrew Johnson became president after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, some of the Republicans in Congress most opposed to what they saw as the too-lenient policies of Lincoln toward reconstruction saw Johnson's ascension as a hopeful sign.
One of the radical Republicans of the Senate, Benjamin Wadeexpressed his support: By the gods, there will be no more trouble in running the government. There were two contending theories in post-war Washington concerning reconstruction.
One theory argued that the states of the United States are indestructible by the acts of their own people and state sovereignty cannot be forfeited to the national government.
Under this theory, the only task for the Federal Government was to suppress the insurrection, replace its leaders, and provide an opportunity for free government to re-emerge.
Rehabilitation of the state was a job for the state itself. The other theory of reconstruction argued that the Civil War was a struggle between two governments, and that the southern territory was conquered land, without internal borders-- much less places with a right to statehood.
Under this theory, the Federal Government might rule this territory as it pleases, admitting places as states under whatever rules it might prescribe.
Andrew Johnson was a proponent of the first, more lenient theory, while the radical Republicans who would so nearly remove him from office were advocates of the second theory.
The most radical of the radical Republicans, men like Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumnerbelieved also in the full political equality of the freed slaves. They believed that black men must be given equal rights to vote, hold office, own land, and enter into contracts, and until southern states made such promises in their laws they had no right to claim membership in the Union.
Republicans also had more practical reasons to worry about Johnson's lenient reconstruction policy: The Fourteenth Amendment is best known today for its requirement that states guarantee equal protection and due process of law, but the most controversial provisions of the time concerned the conditions precedent that imposed on states for readmission to the Union.
Johnson announced his opposition to the Fourteenth Amendment and campaigned for its defeat. The Reconstruction Act ofalso passed over a presidential veto, wiped out the "pretended state governments" of the ten excluded states and divided them into five military districts, each commanded by an officer of the army.
To escape military rule, states were required to assent to the Fourteenth Amendment, frame a new constitution with delegates chosen without regard to color, and submit the new constitution to the Congress for examination.
Johnson's message vetoing the Reconstruction Act was angry and accusatory, calling the act "a bill of attainder against nine million people at once" and suggesting that it reduced southerners to "the most abject and degrading slavery.
Representative Blaine spoke for a number of conservative Republicans when he said he "would rather have the President than the scallywags of Ben Wade.
The Tenure of Office Act, passed in over yet another presidential veto, prohibited the President from removing from office, without the concurrence of the Senate, those officials whose appointment required Senate approval.
The Act was passed primarily to preserve in office as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, a holdover from the Lincoln Administration, whom the radical Republicans regarded "as their trusty outpost in the camp of the enemy. The final straw appears to have been the revelation on August 5,during an ongoing trial of Lincoln assassination conspirator John Surratt that Stanton two years earlier had deliberately withheld from Johnson a petition from five members of the military commission that convicted Mary Surratt urging that her death sentence be commuted to imprisonment.
Stanton, Johnson believed, had hood-winked him into signing the death warrant of a woman who he most likely would have spared. That day Johnson sent Secretary Stanton the following message: Public consideration of high character constrain me to say that your resignation as Secretary of War will be accepted.
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton In January of the returning Senate took up the issue of Johnson's suspension of Secretary Stanton, and voted 35 to 6 not to concur in the action.
On January 14, a triumphant Stanton marched to his old office in the War Building as the President considered his next move. Johnson was anxious to challenge the constitutionality of the Tenure of Office Act in court, but to do so he would have to replace Stanton and defy the Senate.
When Stanton notified his Capitol Hill allies of the presidential order to vacate his office, he received from Senator Sumner a one-word telegram: After an awkward confrontation, the two men enjoyed a bottle of liquor together before Thomas finally headed home.Andrew Johnson () was drunk when sworn in as Vice-President of the United States on March 4, A little over a year later he would become POTUS after the assassination of the martyred Abraham Lincoln/5(73).
Oct 29, · Andrew Johnson (), the 17th U.S. president, assumed office after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (). Johnson, who served from to , was the first American president. Andrew Johnson (December 29, – July 31, ) was the 17th President of the United States, serving from to Johnson assumed the presidency as he was Vice President of the United States at the time of the assassination of Abraham arteensevilla.comed by: Abraham Lincoln.
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson occurred in , when the United States House of Representatives resolved to impeach President Andrew Johnson, adopting eleven articles of impeachment detailing his "high crimes and misdemeanors", in accordance with Article Two of the United States Constitution.
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson occurred in , when the United States House of Representatives resolved to impeach U.S. President Andrew Johnson, adopting eleven articles of impeachment detailing his "high crimes and misdemeanors", in accordance with Article Two of the United States Constitution.
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Originally titled, "History of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson President of the United States by the House of High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Office " Oct 21, by Edmund G.
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