#17 Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson

Democrat

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the 1st American president to gain office through assassination

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Southern Democrat who at a point owned slaves

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Only Senator from a seceding state to remain with the union

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Selected to be Lincoln's running mate in 1864 to broaden the appeal

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Stubborn or principled, ambitious and uncompromising

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Like Lincoln, he had risen from poverty through his own determination

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Had no formal education and had trained to be a tailor

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Johnson wanted to model his presidency after Andrew Jackson

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Viewed as our most racist president

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Johnson decides not to treat the south as a conquered region, included amnesty for most confederates and quick acceptance of states back into the Union, freed slaves got little protection: no guaranteed citizenship or the right to vote

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Congress returns to Washington to have Johnson tell them that Reconstruction was complete.

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Congress soon start passing acts of their own including the Freedman Bureau: Johnson vetoed it.

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Johnson vetoed 29 acts and bills making him the highest since Jackson who had 12

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Congress overrides Johnson 15 times

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The Tenure of Office Act made it illegal to remove a cabinet member without Senate approval: Johnson fired his secretary of war who had been Lincoln's and congress drafted articles of impeachment.

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Based on a politically motivated agenda, The House voted to impeach Johnson

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Tickets to the trial were scalped outside the Senate chambers like super bowl tickets

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Johnson avoided conviction and removal from office by 1 vote

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After his term he returned to Tennessee to become the only former President to be elected to the Senate

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Johnson's stubbornness empowered congress to take a larger and more active role in establishing policy

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