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Who succeeded Lincoln as president?please help me!

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abercrombiegi... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2008 at 6:27 AM via web

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Who succeeded Lincoln as president?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 7, 2008 at 7:08 AM (Answer #1)

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Andrew Johnson succeeded Abraham Lincoln.

"With the Assassination of Lincoln, the Presidency fell upon an old-fashioned southern Jacksonian Democrat of pronounced states' rights views. Although an honest and honorable man, Andrew Johnson was one of the most unfortunate of Presidents. Arrayed against him were the Radical Republicans in Congress, brilliantly led and ruthless in their tactics. Johnson was no match for them."

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kbooth2007 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2008 at 2:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Many people in Congress also believed that Johnson would subscribe to their ideals since Johnson was raised in the South and abhorred the social hierarchy of the south in which Plantation owners controlled most of the land as well as the politics of the south. Congress wanted to see the South punished for their "disloyalty" to the Union and hoped that Johnson would back their Radical Reconstruction plans. These congressman were referred to as "Radical Republicans".

Johnson however, surprised these Radical Republicans by supporting Lincoln's more moderate reconstruction plan. Because of this, he made many enemies in congress and was the first president to be impeached by Congress. During his trial however, many members of Congress realized that Johnson wasn't being accused of "high crimes and misdemeanors" as defined by the Constitution. He was merely guilty of a differing of political opinion.

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lolagdeq | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2008 at 6:09 AM (Answer #3)

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Andrew Johnson

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meaganengland | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 17, 2008 at 6:10 AM (Answer #4)

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With the Assassination of Lincoln, the Presidency went to Andrew Johnson.

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