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Andrew Johnson and his presidency

You would think that of all the United States presidents, the one who ascended to the presidency at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln would be of special interest to folks in East Tennessee and Johnson County. But to me at least the life and times of President Andrew Johnson, the 17th U. S. president, is very interesting and I think deserves a bit of focus when we consider the various presidents of this great country in which we are privileged to live.
As vice president, Johnson became the president when he was thrust into the limelight due to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. His Presidency lasted from 1865 until 1869. He did not seek a second term. He was born in a log cabin in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 29, 1808 and died of a stroke on July 31, 1875, at the home of his daughter near Elizabethton, Tennessee. I wonder how many people of Johnson County and the surrounding area have taken advantage of its relative nearness to visit the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery in Greeneville, Tennessee. A visit to the Visitors Center, the homestead, and the National Cemetery is very informative from an historical viewpoint. Each time I visit the site, I learn something new.
The best place to start the tour is the Visitors Center. If I remember correctly, there are books, brochures and souvenirs available for purchase at the Visitor Center. You may tour the Greeneville homestead of the 17th president. The homestead is filled with authentic family belongings. Also a restoration of his tailor shop is on display where he conducted a very successful business and his shop is where a lot of political discussion took place. You may also want to visit the National Cemetery and the burial site of President Johnson. He was buried atop Signal Hill in 1875.
President Johnson reportable had no formal education, but was encouraged in his quest for knowledge by his wife Eliza McCardle Johnson. There are several unique aspects of President Johnson’s career. He was the only American president to serve in the United States Senate. He was first president to be impeached in the house and tried by the Senate. He was the only southern senator to remain loyal the Union after his state seceded. When federal troops took Nashville, he resigned his senate seat to accept an appointment from President Lincoln to be military governor of Tennessee, a very dangerous appointment. He served as Military Governor from March 12, 1862 until March 4, 1865. He was also governor of Tennessee from October 17, 1853 until November 3, 1857.
His impeachment by the House came about due to his firing of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Congress had passed a Tenure of Office Act, which Johnson had purportedly broken. He was acquitted in the Senate.
A visit to the Andrew Johnson National Historic site is time well spent. And it is not that far away.