Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 July 31, 1875) was the 17th President of the United States. As Vice President of the United States in 1865, he succeeded Abraham Lincoln following his assassination.

About Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 July 31, 1875) was the 17th President of the United States. As Vice President of the United States in 1865, he succeeded Abraham Lincoln following his assassination. Johnson then presided over the initial and contentious Reconstruction era of the United States following the American Civil War. Johnson's reconstruction policies failed to promote the rights of the Freedmen (newly freed slaves), and he came under vigorous political attack from Republicans, ending in his impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives; he was acquitted by the U.S. Senate. Johnson, of Irish and Scottish descent and born in poverty, became a master tailor. He was self-educated; he married and had five children. He was elected as an alderman and as Mayor of Greeneville, Tennessee before being elected to the state assembly. Later he was elected to the state senate. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served a total of five terms.

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