Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jacqueline St. John


This thesis examines the political, legal and constitutional issues involved in two fatally flawed American presidencies. It searchs for relevant similarities and precedents which focus on American constitutional provisions for the possibility of impeaching and trying out sitting chief executive. The two subjects of study are the administrations of presidents Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon. In each of these the issue of presidential impeachment came to the fore, and continues to figure largely in historical assessments of the nature of executive vis-a-vis legislative powers. These are necessarily and inextricably juxtaposed with related issues of judicial power and constitutional interpretation. In part, too, this study provides an abbreviated source book for each presidency.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Larry Meysenburg November, 1988

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