When the House First Tried to Impeach a President, It Failed
His enemies in Congress sought to impeach President John Tyler “for ignorance of the interest and true policy of this Government, and want of qualification for the discharge of [his] important duties.” The 10th president of the United States served from 1841 to 1845. (Photo from painting by Alonzo Chappel: Universal History Archive/Getty Images)\
By Fred Lucas / @FredLucasWH /
The president’s critics thought his presidency was illegitimate to begin with. His Cabinet members changed frequently. Mainly based on policy disagreements, members of Congress demanded his ouster.
Some lawmakers were willing to toss out constitutional norms based on what they said was the president’s “ignorance of the interest and true policy of this Government, and want of qualification for the discharge of the important duties” of his office.
But we’re talking 1843, not 2019. Read More…