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Almost Impeached: Who Was Andrew Johnson?

Updated on August 17, 2014
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Andrew Johnson for Teachers & Students

Looking for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about President Andrew Johnson? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual Presidents of the United States.

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Vice President Andrew Johnson became our President

after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

Assassination plans had been made against Johnson as well,

but his would-be assassin decided to not carry through with the plans.

He instead headed to a local bar.

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Just the Facts on Our 17th President

Presidential Term: 1865-1869

Political Party: Democratic

Vice President: None

Birthplace: North Carolina

Occupation: Tailor

Yearly Salary as President: $25,000

Height: 5'10"

First Lady: Eliza McCardle Johnson

Johnson's main issue was how to readmit the Southern states and how to respond to those who rebelled. Andrew Johnson wanted to be more lenient with the Southerns than the legislative branch desired. He was a strong supporter of states rights, and still believed that states should decide on the suffrage of former slaves.

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Worksheets, Lapbooks, Recipes, & Trivia We Found Helpful

Andrew Johnson for Teachers offers links to free worksheets, book suggestions, general information and trivia, interactive computer games, and more related to president Andrew Johnson.

Andrew Johnson Printables provides free worksheets and coloring sheets related to president Andrew Johnson.

Presidents Lapbook provides free lapbook pages for each of the Presidents of the United States.

Andrew Johnson's Favorite Red Rice and Sweet Potato Pudding Recipes provides recipes for Andrew Johnson's favorite foods, Red Rice and Sweet Potato Pudding, and also includes a a description of some of his other favorite dishes.

Presidential Statistics and Points of Interest includes an overview of Andrew Johnson's life and some fun points of interest.

Good Overview of Andrew Johnson

These were our favorite YouTube clips that cover Johnson's presidency. They are all appropriate for children to watch.

Timeline of Major Events During Johnson's Presidency


13th Amendment = Abolishes slavery


Jesse James' first bank robbery

Civil Rights Act of 1866 passed even after Johnson's veto

(later becomes the 14th Amendment)

Tennessee readmitted to Union

(the first Confederate state to be readmitted)


Nebraska admitted as 37th state

First Reconstruction Act

Second Reconstruction Act passed even after Johnson's veto

Third Reconstruction Act passed even after Johnson's veto

Department of Education created

Alaska purchased from Russia


President Johnson is almost impeached

(needing 1 more Senate vote for 2/3 of the majority

required for formal impeachment)

6 Confederate States (FL, AL, LA, GA, NC & SC) are readmitted

14th Amendment = Citizenship for all ex-slaves

Thomas Edison patents his first invention

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Andrew Johnson Presidential Dollar

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Our Favorite Books on Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson: Seventeenth President 1865-1869 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents)
Andrew Johnson: Seventeenth President 1865-1869 (Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents)
This was our favorite picture book. The fun illustrations kept the attention of even my youngest children.
We really enjoyed this book that combines drawing/art with the life of Andrew Johnson.
Defender of the Constitution: Andrew Johnson
Defender of the Constitution: Andrew Johnson
Both this and "Andy Johnson: The Tailor Who Became President" by Milton Lomask are the best chapter books on Andrew Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, Tailor from Tennessee
Andrew Johnson, Tailor from Tennessee
This is another fine chapter book option.

In an effort to ensure that Republicans would remain in power, the Radical Republicans of congress sought to enfranchise all black people, who would most likely vote for Republicans. They succeeded, even overturning Johnson's vetoes, through their passage of the 14th Amendment.

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After Congress overturned Johnson's veto of the Tenure of Office Act in 1867, Andrew Johnson reacted by attempting to fire the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. In response, in 1868 Congress tried to impeach him for "high crimes and misdemeanors." The impeachment trial lasted from March through May. The House of Representatives voted to impeach him but the Senate was short one vote of the two-thirds majority required to impeach him.

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