This Day in History: President Andrew Johnson Is Impeached (Sat., Feb. 24)
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This Day in History:, President Andrew
Johnson Is Impeached.
February 24, 1868.
Johnson assumed the
presidency after Lincoln's assassination.
He became the first U.S. president to be impeached.
11 articles of impeachment
were approved by the House of Representatives.
They arose from Johnson's
unpopular and racist post-Civil War
Reconstruction policies.
and the firing of Lincoln
appointed secretary of war,
Edwin Stanton.
Johnson's Senate impeachment
trial began on March 13.
He was not convicted, narrowly
escaping removal from office