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Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Topics in Chronicling America

President Johnson is impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Andrew Johnson's Impeachment” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

Introduction

"Acquittal of the President." May 27, 1868 The New York Herald (New York, NY), Image 3. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the confirming of Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) as president, severe political clashes create a hostile climate between the Radical Republicans in Congress and the executive branch. In 1868, President Johnson is impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors, narrowly escaping conviction by one vote. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.

Timeline

1867 President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans disagree on the process of reconstruction, bringing the Democrats more in line with Johnson’s policies December.
1867 Charges of impeachment are drawn up in committee, but impeachment is uncertain.
February 24, 1868 The House of Representatives votes to impeach Andrew Johnson on charges of high crimes and misdemeanors for violating the Tenure of Office Act.
May 1868 President Andrew Johnson is acquitted by a vote of 35 guilty- 19 not guilty.