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Andrew Johnson (1808 – 1875)

Life in Brief: Andrew Johnson gives truth to the saying that in America, anyone can grow up to become President. Born in a log cabin in North Carolina to nearly illiterate parents, Andrew Johnson did not master the basics of reading, grammar, or math until he met h… more life in brief »

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17th President of the United States (1865 – 1869)
December 29, 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina
Political Party
Democrat; Unionist
July 31, 1875
No formal affiliation
May 17, 1827, to Eliza McCardle (1810–1876)
Martha (1828–1901), Charles (1830–1863), Mary (1832–1883), Robert (1834–1869), Andrew (1852–1879)
Tailor; Public Official
Greeneville, Tennessee

Papers of Andrew Johnson, 8 vols., ed. by L. P. Graf et al. (1967-1990)

The grief of the nation is still fresh.
December 4, 1865

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Elizabeth R. Varon

Professor Varon is the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. Her writings include:

Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)

Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy (Oxford University Press, 2003)

We Mean to Be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 1998)

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