Why did Congress bring impeachment proceedings against Andrew Johnson primarily?
A. Johnson sought to block the punitive aspects of Congressional Reconstruction B. Johnson s Republican policies had fallen out of favor with the Democratic majority C. The Johnson administration was riddled with corruption D. Johnson s pro-North bias was delaying the readmission of Southern states to the Union E. Many Congressmen personally disliked Johnson, although they agreed with his policies
Correct answer is option A
The Congress brought impeachment proceedings against Andrew Johnson primarily because he sought to block the punitive aspects of Congressional Reconstruction.
Before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, he had formulated a plan of reconstruction that would be lenient on the defeated South as it re-joined the Union. Johnson was intent on carrying out this plan when he assumed presidency. This didn’t sit well with some so called Radical Republicans in the Congress, who wanted to set up military governments
The political backing to begin impeachment proceedings against Johnson came when he breached the Tenure of Office Act by removing Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, from cabinet. He was impeached on February 24, 1868 by the House of Representatives.