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Portrait, Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

17th President of the United States
(April 15, 1865 to March 3, 1869)

Nickname: None listed.

Born: December 29, 1808, in Raleigh, North Carolina
Died: July 31, 1875, in Carter's Station, Tennessee

Father: Jacob Johnson
Mother: Mary McDonough Johnson
Married: Eliza McCardle (1810-1876), on May 5, 1827
Children: Martha Johnson (1828-1901); Charles Johnson (1830-63); Mary Johnson (1832-83); Robert Johnson (1834-69); Andrew Johnson (1852-79)

Religion: No formal affiliation
Education: No formal education
Occupation: Tailor, public official
Political Party: Democratic
Other Government Positions:

  • Served as Alderman of Greeneville, Tennessee, 1830-33
  • Elected Mayor of Greeneville, Tennessee, 1834
  • Member of Tennessee State Legislature, 1835-43
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1843-53
  • Governor of Tennessee, 1853-57
  • United States Senator, 1857-62
  • Military Governor of Tennessee, 1862-65
  • Vice President, 1865 (under tiny U.S. flag Lincoln)
  • United States Senator, 1875

Presidential Salary: $25,000/year

Presidential Election Results:
Never ran for president.

Vice President: None

Cabinet:

Secretary of State
William H. Seward (1865-69)
Secretary of the Treasury
Hugh McCulloch (1865-69)
Secretary of War
Edwin M. Stanton (1865-68)
John M. Schofield (1868-69)
Attorney General
James Speed (1865-66)
Henry Stanbery (1866-68)
William M. Evarts (1868-69)
Postmaster General
William Dennison (1865-66)
Alexander W. Randall (1866-69)
Secretary of the Navy
Gideon Welles (1865-69)
Secretary of the Interior
John P. Usher (1865)
James Harlan (1865-66)
Orville Browning (1866-69)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

Andrew Johnson -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Andrew Johnson -- from American Presidents: Life Portraits -- C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Andrew Johnson -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
Andrew Johnson's Obituary -- from Dead Presidents
The text from page 1 of The New York Times, August 1, 1875. Placed on the web by Manus Hand.
Andrew Johnson -- from the North Carolina Encyclopedia
A very text-rich biography on this North Carolina native.

Historical Documents:

Andrew Johnson Veto of the First Reconstruction Act. March 2, 1867
Treaty with Russia (1867)
Andrew Johnson: First Annual Message. December 4, 1865.-- from the The American Presidency Project

Other Internet Resources:

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson-- from HarpWeek
Rich in historical source materials, this site explains the legal, political and Constitutional arguments behind President Johnson's impeachment. Includes news articles from the time period, illustrations, political cartoons, and explanations of the impeachment process.
Andrew Johnson National Historical Site
Tourist information on this Greeneville, Tennessee park provided by the National Park Service.

Points of Interest:

  • He is one of five Presidents who were never inaugurated.
  • He was the first President to be impeached. His trial in the Senate lead to him being acquitted by one vote.

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