Feb 03, 2020 2020-02-03
Administrators and teachers wondering how they can support productive dialogue around the impeachment process may find it useful to consult the Historical Background on the Impeachment and Trial of President Andrew Johnson, provided by the Library of Congress. The Congressional Globe, the predecessor to the Congressional Record, was published from 1833 to 1873. After the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson in 1868, the Globe published a supplementary volume that provides a record of the documents and debates from the Senate trial. The Library of Congress’s “Today in History” webpages, linked below, also provide information and resources related to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson:
* On May 16, 1868, the US Senate failed by just one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson on articles of impeachment.
* When impeachment proceedings were brought against President Johnson, Senator Reverdy Johnson of Maryland was instrumental in securing the president’s acquittal.
* Salmon P. Chase, appointed on December 6, 1864, by President Abraham Lincoln as chief justice of the United States, presided over the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Johnson in 1868.
Audio is also provided for each “Today in History” webpage.