July 31st 1875: Andrew Johnson dies

July 31st 1875: Andrew Johnson dies

On this day in 1875 the 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, died from a stroke in Tennessee. Vice-President Johnson became President on April 15th 1865 upon the death of Abraham Lincoln. Thus Johnson had to lead the country into the post-Civil War Reconstruction era. He often feuded with Republicans, who considered his policies too lenient to the South. Johnson is mostly remembered as the first President to be impeached; he was acquitted by a single vote in the Senate. He left office in 1869, and has typically placed very low on historical rankings. He returned to the Senate in March 1875, and is the only President to have done so. Upon his death, he was buried with a copy of the Constitution with his body wrapped in an American flag.

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