Andrew Johnson Quotes

You try to force me to do a dishonorable act, contrary to the law as I see it, and against my conscience, and rather than do your bidding I'll suffer my right arm torn from the socket.... I regard you as a damn villain, and get out of my office, or, damn you, I'll kick you out.

 
Context
President Johnson was threatened with impeachment. His attorney, Jeremiah S. Black, suggested a government financial scheme that would enrich a small group of House members who were leaning toward impeachment:. Black was fired. The congressmen voted against Johnson. He was impeached.
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson
  • Born: December 29, 1808
  • Died: July 31, 1875
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson assumed the presidency as he was vice president of the United States at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded. He favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves; he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.