Inspiring Andrew Johnson Quotes

Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. He assumed the presidency as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnson was a Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, coming to office as the Civil War concluded. He favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union without protection for the newly freed people who were formerly enslaved. This led to conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1868. He was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.

Here are quotes from President Andrew Johnson;

“I have been almost overwhelmed by the announcement of the sad event [Lincoln’s assassination] which has so recently occurred. I feel incompetent to perform duties so important and responsible as those which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.”

“I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditure, and a sparing economy is itself a great national source.”

“I am sworn to uphold the Constitution as Andy Johnson understands it and interprets it.”

“Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigourously, more vigourously, and more severely, than by one.”

“The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy, virtue, and intelligence of its citizens.”

“Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests.”

“Outside of the Constitution, we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it, we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects.”

“Your President is now the Tribune of the people, and, thank God, I am, and intend to assert the power which the people have placed in me… Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.”

“We are certainly gratified by the Board of Supervisors’ vote to accept the settlement agreement we proposed, … We have said that this represents a true win-win for Comcast and the residents of San Francisco. And we believe the deal is exactly that.”

“The enactment of the Homestead Act would create the strongest tie between the citizen and the Government-he would with cheerfulness contribute his proportionable part of the taxes to defray the expenses of the political system under which he lived.”

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