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 former slaves. 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. Johnson was born in poverty in Raleigh, North Carolina, and never attended school. He was apprenticed as a tailor and worked in several frontier towns before settling in Greeneville, Tennessee. He served as alderman and mayor there before being elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1835.
|Born:||December 29, 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Died:||July 31, 1875, Elizabethton, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Stroke|
|Resting place:||Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, Tennessee|
|Political party:||Democratic (1839–1864, 1868–1875)|
|Other political affiliations:||National Union (1864–1868)|
|Parents:||Jacob Johnson, Mary McDonough|
|Preceded by:||Abraham Lincoln|
|Succeeded by:||Ulysses S. Grant|
About Andrew Johnson
Became the 17th President of the United States; he ascended to office following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Andrew Johnson Before Fame
He briefly worked as an apprentice tailor before running away from home at the age of 16.
Achievement of Andrew Johnson
His Reconstruction policies placed him directly in the crosshairs of Congress, and he became the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was acquitted by the Senate by just one vote.
Andrew Johnson Family Life
He was married to Eliza McCardle for nearly 50 years, and together they had six children.
Associations of Andrew Johnson
He was succeeded by former Union Army general and Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant.
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