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Impeachment

Impeachment Ballot recording votes of senators in the trial of Andrew Johnson, May 1868


National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the U.S. Senate

The first Senate vote on the charges facing President Johnson was taken on May 16, 1868. Article XI was called the "omnibus article" because it combined all of the charges against the President. As a result of 19 voting "Not Guilty" and 35 voting "Guilty," the Senate fell 1 vote short of the two-thirds majority required for removal. After a 10-day recess, the Senate reconvened and voted on Articles II and III. In each case, the result was identical: Johnson was not guilty by a single vote. The Senate then voted to end the trial.

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