Impeachment of President Johnson (1868)


On February 24, 1868, just three days after President Andrew Johnson dismissed Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War, Johnson became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached. The vote was tallied with 126 House Representatives voting for impeachment, 47 voting against, and 17 abstentions. The only other president to be impeached was Bill Clinton in 1998. Both President’s Johnson and Clinton were acquitted of all charges following a Senate trial. The House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, but he resigned before he could face impeachment and the prospect of trial and removal from office.