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President Andrew Johnson as a Hero When all think of a hero we immediatly think of someone who is strong intelligent handsome and daring Upon closer examination of a hero many different qualities than these become apparent Courage honesty bravery selflessness and the will to try are just a few of the overlooked qualities of a hero President Andrew Johnson the only president to go through the impea- chment process was a hero because he embodied such heroic characteristics as honesty bravery and intelligence Andrew Johnson began his executive career as Abraham Lincolns vice president The unfortunate assasination of President Abraham Lincoln is what enabled Andrew Johnson to become our nations seventeenth president Unable to uphold the high standards set by Lincoln a well educated lawyer and a presi- dent who brought a victory in the Civil War Andrew Johnson a tailor by trade realized he had to broaden his educational background With great force Andrew Johnson overcame his lack of education by learning how to read write and do arithmetic with the aid of his wife After the Civil War the Republicans wanted to punish the southerners for their part in the war but like Lincoln Johnson did not support them in their plans The radical republicans then plotted against their democratic president by passing bills limiting the presidents powers One example is the Tenure of Office Act which stated that the president could not fire any of his cabinet members without Senates approval Johnson fired his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton By doing this the republicans felt they had a case and could impeach the president because of his willingness to go against Congress On February 24 1868 the House of Representatives voted 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson Over a period of two days eleven articles of impeachment were adopted Some of President Johnsons charges
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