Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, serving 1865--1869. He became president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Johnson presided over the reconstruction of the United States following the American Civil War.

Johnson's conciliatory policies towards the defeated rebels and his vetoes of civil rights bills embroiled him in a bitter dispute with the radical faction of congress, leading the House of Representatives to impeach him on March 3, 1868, but he was subsequently acquitted by a single vote in the Senate.

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