No matter the outcome, history is being written as just the third presidential impeachment trial takes place. While our region’s lawmakers are sitting on the sidelines of this one, a Pittsburgher played a sizable role in the first trial 152 years ago.
Rep. Thomas Williams, who was born in Greensburg and later moved to Pittsburgh to practice law, served as a manager prosecuting the impeachment charges against President Andrew Johnson. The effort to remove Johnson from office was nearly successful, too, coming one vote short.
Williams retired to Allegheny City (today’s North Side) and is now buried in Allegheny Cemetery.
– Dan Stefano, WordWrite