Andrew Johnson


Did Johnson appoint anyone to the U.S. Supreme Court?

No, Johnson is one of only a few sitting presidents to never have an opportunity to add someone to the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson nominated former U.S. Attorney General Henry Stanbery to the Court in 1868 to replace John Catron, but the Senate did not confirm him. Stanbery had resigned his position as attorney general in 1868 to defend Johnson during the impeaching proceeding. Johnson then sought to reappoint Stanton as attorney general, but the Senate would not confirm him. Congress simply would not accept President Johnson’s appointments. Congress reduced the number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid having to accept anyone nominated by Johnson.


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