Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. He came into office as vice president after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and quickly ran into conflict with Congress over his Reconstruction policies. Despite this, he managed to accomplish a lot during his presidency. Here are five things that stand out most about Andrew Johnson’s time in office!
- He was the first and only sitting vice president to be elected president after the death of a predecessor.
- He oversaw the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War, which included issuing a proclamation that offered amnesty to all former Confederates who swore loyalty to the United States.
National Bank Act and the Homestead Act
- He signed into law both the National Bank Act and the Homestead Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that had a major impact on the American economy.
- He was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868, but ultimately acquitted by the Senate.
- He is one of only three presidents in US history to be impeached (the other two are Bill Clinton and Donald Trump).