The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

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The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson


  1. When was the Tenure of Office Act passed by Congress?

  1. In January 1868, who does Johnson fire? Who does he replace him with?

The Constitution and Impeachment

  1. According to Article II Section 4, what crimes are defined as impeachable?

  1. What crimes do you consider “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

  1. During the impeachment trial of a president, who presides (the judge) over the trial in the Senate?

  1. How many members of the Senate does it take to convict the president and remove him from office?

Tenure of Office Act

  1. Briefly define the Tenure of Office Act.

Articles of Impeachment

  1. How many articles of impeachment were presented to the Senate?

  1. What is the topic of the first Article of Impeachment? (What did Johnson Do?)

Senate Trial Record

(Benj. Curtis)

  1. Curtis’ main argument for Johnson was that Stanton’s appointment to Secretary War was not Johnson’s decision. Which president appointed Edwin Stanton to Secretary of War?

Senate Vote and Map

  1. How many senators voted to convict President Johnson?

  1. How many senators voted “not guilty”?

  1. If it takes 2/3 majority vote in the Senate to convict President Johnson, how many

votes is that?

  1. What is the difference between an impeachment and a conviction?

  1. Which branch of Congress impeaches, and which convicts?

BONUS: Name the United States Senator who is considered to be the deciding vote on the question of Johnson’s Impeachment.

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