I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States of America. He held the office from April 15, 1865 until March 4, 1869. He was, also, a tailor and a politician. He did serve in the United States Union Army during the Civil War. He became a Brigadier General.
Andrew Johnson was born in 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He had an older brother and an older sister. She died in childhood. His father died when he was three and his mother supported the family as a washerwoman. Both of her sons were apprenticed to a tailor. His employer, other employees, and costumers taught Andrew literacy skills and he acquired a lifelong love of reading. He and his brother ran away and moved to Carthage, North Carolina. He moved west after he couldn’t buy out his apprenticeship. Andrew eventually settled in Greeneville, Tennessee.
In 1827, he married Eliza McCardle. They had five children. She taught him additional academic skills, however was not very involved in his political life. Their daughter Martha often served as an official hostess.
In 1843 and for ten years he was a Member of the United States House of Representatives. In 1853, Andrew Johnson became the Governor of Tennessee. He became the Military Governor of Tennessee in 1862. In 1865, he became Vice President and then President following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Andrew Johnson later, in 1875, became the first and currently only President to follow their Presidency by becoming a United States Senator.
During the Johnson Presidency he alienated many, including members of his own Party. He wished for Reconstruction while making the transition easy on Southern states and not enforcing freedoms of black Americans. Johnson has been ranked poorly historically. He is considered one of the worst, if not the worst, Presidents.
Andrew Johnson had a stroke. He died in 1875 in Elizabethan, Tennessee. Where he was buried has been named Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.
Andrew Johnson’s nickname was The Tennessee Tailor. This was due to his occupation prior to his political positions. Be inspired! Have a bright day!