Civil War Quiz: What Do You Know About President Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment Trial of 1868?
Q#1 – What policies by President Andrew Johnson began to sow the seeds for his impeachment?
Q#2 – At an impasse with Congress over Reconstruction, during the summer of 1866, President Johnson offered himself directly to the American public where he asked his audiences for their support in his battle against the Congress and urged voters to elect representatives to Congress in the upcoming midterm election who supported his policies. What name was given to this effort?
Q#3 – What was the Tenure of Office Act?
Q#4 – Johnson wanted to get rid of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. In an attempt to circumvent the Tenure of Office restrictions, Johnson suspended Stanton and tried to replace him with what person?
Q#5 – Who was Lorenzo Thomas and what was his role that helped influence Congress to draw up Articles of Impeachment?
Q#6 – What were the names of the two Congressmen who introduced to the House of Representatives the impeachment resolution?
Q#7 – On February 24, 1868, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the resolution to impeach the President for high crimes and misdemeanors. What was the vote tally?
Q#8 – The House of Representatives adopted eleven articles of impeachment against the President. These were group into three categories – what were the categories?
Q#9 – When the Senate convened as the Court of Impeachment, what was the name of the Presiding Officer?
Q#10 – The President’s Defense team consisted of five individuals. What was the name of the person who led the team?
Q#11 – The Senate Prosecution team issued a summons for President Johnson to appear at the impeachment trial. What was the reason he did not appear?
Q#12 – The impeachment trial was conducted mostly in open session, and the Senate chamber galleries were filled to capacity throughout. Public interest was so great that the Senate took what action in this regard?
Q#13 – During the testimony portion of the impeachment trial, how many prosecution witnesses were called; how many defense witnesses were called?
Q#14 – There were three separate votes taken during the trial, each resulting in a vote of 35 senators voting guilty and 19 not guilty. What was the breakdown by political party of the not guilty votes and why was Johnson not impeached?
Q#15 – What is Republican Senator Edmund Ross of Kansas famous for?