Andrew Johnson the 17th President Essay examples

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Background Andrew Johnson, the 17th president, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 29th, 1808. At the young age of three years old, Andrew's father. Jacob Johnson passed away while drowning in an attempt to save the life of Editor Henderson from the Raleigh Gazette in 1812. Andrew's mother, Mary Johnson, worked hard as a seamstress and washerwoman in order to support Andrew and his three brothers, and her; but she was unable to afford to send them to school. From the age of 14 until 16 he worked as an apprentice to a tailor but talked to his mother and stepfather about moving and starting a new life. He then opened a tailor shop in Greenville, Tennessee, married Eliza McCardle on May 17, 1827 and participated in debates …show more content…
Controversy Of course there were many controversies while Johnson was in office but the major one would have to be when he got impeached. While leading the House of Representatives to impeach him in 1868, he became the first President to be impeached. He was subsequently acquitted by a single vote in Senate. Wide differences arising between the President and the Congress, a resolution for his impeachment passed the House of Representatives February 24, 1868. On March 5th, 1868 a court of impeachment was organized in the United States Senate to hear charges against the President. Eleven articles were set out in the resolution and the trial before the Senate lasted for three months, the conclusion of which he was acquitted by a vote of thirty-five for conviction to nineteen for acquittal, the necessary two-thirds vote for impeachment not having been obtained. I think the impeachment had an effect on President Johnson but he didn't let it get to him nor did he resign before his term was over. He carried out the rest of his term in an orderly manner. He was unsuccessful as a candidate for election to the U.S. Senate in 1869, and also to the House of Representatives in 1872. He was elected as a democrat to the United States Senate and served seven months until his death.

Quotes
"There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws" Andrew Johnson in 1835

"If the rabble were lopped off at one end and

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