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Andrew Johnson Trial

Significance, Johnson Becomes An Unpopular President, The Senate Tries President Johnson, Senate Republicans Thwart Johnson's Defense


United States Senate


President Andrew Johnson

Crime Charged

"High Crimes and Misdemeanors" within the meaning of Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution.

Chief Prosecutors

Seven "trial managers" from the House of Representatives

Chief Defense Lawyers

William Maxwell Evarts, Benjamin R. Curtis


The United States Senate, with Chief Justice Salmon Portland Chase presiding


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

26 May 1868


Not to impeach.

Related Cases

  • Samuel Chase Impeachment, Senate Document #876, 62nd Congress, 2nd Session (1805).
  • United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974).


Prokopowicz, Gerald J. "The Emancipation Proclamation: A History for Teachers," Lincoln Museum, http://www.thelincolnmuseum.org.


Bacon, Donald C., et al., eds. The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

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