How many presidents have been impeached??
Only two presidents in American history have been impeached. No presidents have been removed from office however. Andrew Johnson, who became president after the assassination of President Lincoln, was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868, but he was later acquitted (ruled not guilty) by the Senate and remained President. The second impeachment came in 1998 with President Bill Clinton. The House successfully impeached the President for perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice, but again the President was acquitted in the Senate and he finished his term in office. President Richard Nixon, who was involved in the famous Watergate Scandal, was never impeached because he resigned before the impeachment hearings took place.
Since 1797 the House of Representatives has impeached sixteen federal officials. These include two presidents, a cabinet member, a senator, a justice of the Supreme Court, and eleven federal judges. Of those, the Senate has convicted and removed seven, all of them judges. Not included in this list are the office holders who have resigned rather than face impeachment, most notably, President Richard M. Nixon. Two U.S. presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth chief executive, and William J. Clinton, the forty-second. Johnson, a Southern Democrat who became president after Lincoln’s assassination, supported a mild policy of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The Radical Republicans in Congress were furious at his leniency toward ex-Confederates and obvious lack of concern for ex-slaves, demonstrated by his veto of civil rights bills and opposition to the Fourteenth Amendment. To protect Radical Republicans in Johnson’s administration and diminish the strength of th