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Did You Know?

He was the first president to be impeached and was acquitted in the Senate by just one vote.
He was 17 years old before his wife taught him to read.
He is the only president not to have any type of schooling.
He resisted Congress' efforts to pass punitive restriction acts over his veto.


Key Events in the Administration

Andrew Johnson
(December 29, 1808 - July 31, 1875)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Martha Johnson Patterson, daughter
Wife's Maiden Name: Eliza McCardle
Number of Children: 5
Education Level: No College
Religion: No specific domination
Profession: Apprentice of a tailor, Tailor, Military
Military Service: Brigadier General

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 4/15/1865 - 3/3/1869
Presidency Number: 17
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Not nominated
Party: Democratic
His Vice President(s): None
Vice President For: Abraham Lincoln (1865-1865)
Senator: Tennessee (1857-1862), Tennessee (1875-1875)
House of Representatives: Tennessee (1843-1853)
Governor of a State: Tennessee (1853-1857)
State Legislative Service: TN (1835-1837)
Other Offices: Alderman of Greenville (TN); Mayor of Greenville (TN); Tennessee House Representative; Tennessee State Senator; Military Governor (TN)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Mordecai Historic Place
Gravesite: Andrew Johnson National Cemetery
Home: Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Library: Andrew Johnson Library and Museum

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
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Programming includes:

Andrew Johnson Life Portrait: From Andrew Johnson National Historic Site - Greeneville, TN
 Guests included: Michael Les Benedict, history professor, Ohio State University and author, The Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson; Jim Small, chief of operations, Johnson National Historic Site; Corinne Null, Johnson's great-great-great granddaughter; and Robert Orr, historian Watch | Order Videotape
Alvin Gerhardt and Harry Roberts on Andrew Johnson Museum and Library Watch

  Hans Trefousse on New York and the impeachment of President Johnson Watch

Don Ritchie on Johnson's congressional career Watch

William Rehnquist on Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachment of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson Watch   

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