Andrew Johnson

The Tennessee Tailor

By Andrew Kopenec; Webb, 2nd Period

"There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws." - Andrew Johnson

Early Life

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 29, 1808. As a child, he was born into poverty. His parents were nearly illiterate, but Johnson hardly knew his dad. He died when Andrew was 3 years old. Following the illiteracy trend, Johnson never attended any type of school and taught himself to read. At this time in history, most presidents were the wealthy, educated, and "elite". Some presidents such as Andrew Jackson were not of this tier, but Andrew Johnson shattered some precedents and redefined the White House.

Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Theories

On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot and assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre 5 days after the end of the American Civil War. The previous facts are the only things 100% for sure happened. The rest is up for debate. One very interesting conspiracy that I have researched throughout this assignment is the plan of Andrew Johnson in some form of alliance with John Wilkes Booth. The answer to this question will vary depending on who you ask. The most popular opinion is that Johnson had nothing to do with it, but many members of Congress and Honest Abe's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln heavily believed that Johnson was a part of it, although Mary was a bit crazy. John Wilkes Booth reportedly dropped by the Washington hotel which was Johnson's residence 7 hours before the assassination.

"If I am shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet." - Andrew Johnson

President Andrew Johnson Biography

Why was Andrew Johnson Impeached?

In 1867, Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act. This denied the president the right to remove his own appointed officials from office. Despite the act, Johnson removed Edwin, his Secretary of War, from office in 1868. Also... everyone hated Johnson. Not technically EVERYONE but most people did. The Radical Republicans were his enemies and he is arguably the worst president to date. Although he wasn't removed from office, he was the first president to become impeached.

17th President in United States History

"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people." - Andrew Johnson

Johnson's Impact & Legacy

Many historians view Johnson as the worst possible president to have at the end of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. He was also viewed as a racist who "couldn't face political reality." During Reconstruction we were facing issues of civil rights for blacks and we were attempting to become a better country overall by putting aside differences economically and making the North and the South one independent nation (the United States of America).

Mayor of Greenville, Tennessee at the age of 22