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Andrew Johnson, our 17th President, was eager to reunite the former Confederate states into the Union, but the Republican Congress impeached him for failing to protect former slaves. The first President to be impeached was saved from conviction by one vote in the Senate. The best general biography of the man is probably "Andrew Johnson: A Biography" by Hans Trefousse, though the Oxford-published "Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction" by Eric McKitrick also deserves a look.

Official White House Portrait of the President, Andrew Johnson, who took office upon the assassination of President Lincoln.

Lincoln and Andrew Johnson from Lincoln’s Second Inauguration.

Hanibal Hamlin was Lincoln's VP, he is thought to be the mastermimd behind emancipation & seized land decrees given to blacks & later revoked. Pictured: Lincoln and Andrew Johnson from Lincoln’s Second Inauguration.

Eliza Johnson: Andrew Johnson's wife was the youngest of all First Ladies getting married at just 16. She appeared publicly as First Lady on only two occasions, including the president's birthday party in 1867

From Martha to Michelle: The changing faces (and fashions) of America's 43 First Ladies

America's First Ladies: Eliza Johnson: Andrew Johnson's wife was the youngest of all First Ladies getting married at just She appeared publicly as First Lady on only 2 occasions, including the president's birthday party in 1867

President Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives on February 24, 1868. In the end, the Senate voted to acquit President Andrew Johnson by a margin of 35 guilty to 19 not guilty, just one vote short of the two-thirds needed to convict.

17th US President Andrew Johnson

President Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives on February 24, 1868. In the end, the Senate voted to acquit President Andrew Johnson by a margin of 35 guilty to 19 not guilty, just one vote short of the two-thirds needed to convict.

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