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Andrew Johnson Trial

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

Prosecution

United States Senate

Defendant

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

Judges

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

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

26 May 1868

Decision

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).

Sources

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

Sources

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

Additional topics

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