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#17 Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson
Democrat
Andrew Johnson
the 1st American president to gain office through assassination
Andrew Johnson
Southern Democrat who at a point owned slaves
Andrew Johnson
Only Senator from a seceding state to remain with the union
Andrew Johnson
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