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Andrew Johnson:
A Vice Presidential Unit

Andrew Johnson was the 16th Vice President of the United States. Johnson was born December 29, 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He served as vice president from March 4, 1865 – April 15, 1865, until the assassination of President Lincoln. At 17, Johnson left his family and fled to Greeneville, Tennessee with his brother. While working as a tailor, he married Eliza McCardle, who tutored Johnson in literacy, writing and arithmetic. In Tennessee, Johnson became enamored with politics and states’ rights, it was through this interest that he became a House Representative, serving five terms until becoming Governor in 1853. Johnson’s commitment to the preservation to the Union, and ability to still remain sympathetic of the south, led to his appeal as Vice President candidate. Johnson died on July 31, 1875.

Political Party: Deomocratic/National Union

President: Abraham Lincoln

Name of his Parents: Jacob Johnson and Mary McDonough Wife: Eliza McCardle Johnson

Physical Stature: Five feet, ten inches

State of Birth: North Carolina

Trivia Questions:

1) How many children did Andrew Johnson have?
5 - Martha, Charles, Mary, Robert, Andrew Jr.

2) How many terms did Johnson serve on the Tennessee House of Representatives?
Two non-consecutive terms

Of Note:

- Andrew Johnson had no formal education or religious affiliation.
- Though Johnson was a Democrat, he was chosen as a Republican Vice President.
- Before entering politics, Johnson was a tailor.


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