It was a beautiful Saturday morning. My dog and I headed down a walking trail frequented by joggers and nature lovers. Off in the distance stood a little wooden bridge. As we neared the bridge, I thought I saw two people, one wearing a red jacket. I heard carnival music. Finally, my dog and I reached the bridge. An elderly man was sitting on a metal folding chair, playing a red accordion.
On election night, a television commentator remarked that Andrew Johnson was the worst U.S. president. Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, from 1865 to 1869. He was vice president during Abraham Lincoln’s second term, and succeeded to the presidency upon Lincoln’s assassination.
Historians rank Abraham Lincoln as one of the top ten U.S. presidents, and Andrew Johnson as one of the bottom ten U.S. presidents.
A Democrat from the Southern state of Tennessee, Johnson came to office as the Civil War ended. He favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves and he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives. The first American president to be impeached, Johnson was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.