Ticket to Senate Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
This rare artifact is a two-piece ticket to the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Highly faded, it is dated April 28th, 1868 and is signed by the Senate Sergeant at Arms George T. Brown. It is rare to have both sides of the ticket - the portion kept by the bearer, and the portion taken by the guard/staffer who was handling the admission procedure.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Congress battled with President Andrew Johnson over the terms of Reconstruction. Johnson favored more lenient policies for former Confederate states. Congress overrode Johnson’s vetoes of several Reconstruction-era laws, including the Tenure of Office Act, which restricted the president from appointing or dismissing cabinet secretaries without the consent of the Senate. Johnson’s subsequent firing of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton led to his impeachment and trial in 1868.
In 1868, for the first time, the House of Representatives impeached a president. In the Senate trial, however, President Andrew Johnson was not convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors.
A similar ticket can be viewed on the US Senate archives website by following this link: