Facts, information and articles about Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth U.S. President
Andrew Johnson Facts
In 1853, Johnson became governor of Tennessee. He served two terms, and was frustrated by his inability to enact legislature as his powers were limited to making suggestions. He ran for senate in 1856 and won; during his term, the Homestead Act was introduced by him. President Abraham Lincoln asked Johnson to be his running mate in his bid for re-election in 1864, and they won. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, and Johnson took over as president. Johnson hindered reconstruction efforts in the south, and he was impeached in 1888 for violating an act that prevented him from removing people that held federal positions from their offices without prior approval of the senate. He was acquitted and finished out his term. He was elected to the senate again in 1874, but he died from a stroke soon after in 1875.