No president ever
became president under more dramatic and tragic circumstances than did Andrew Johnson.
Following the assignation of Abraham Lincoln, Johnson bore the burden of the end
of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction. Born in Raleigh NC, Johnson
was the only senator from a confederate state to remain in congress. Johnson has
the dubious honor of being the first president to be impeached. The verdict fell
one vote short and Johnson served out his term. (More
Castel, Albert. "Johnson, Andrew." Presidents: A Reference History.
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