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Andrew Johnson: A Presidential Unit

Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States. He was born 29 December 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He became president upon Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and finished serving out the time remaining in Lincoln’s second term.

Political Party: Democrat, but nomination with Lincoln as a member of the National Union Party
Years Served: 15 Apr 1865 - 1869
Vice President(s): None
Name of his parents: Jacob Johnson and Mary McDonough
Wife’s name: Eliza McCardle (1810-1876)
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000.00
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 10 inches
State of Birth: North Carolina

“When Andrew Johnson succeeded Abraham Lincoln as President, he had to try to heal a country divided by the Civil War. It was a tough job. Even though he was from the South, Johnson was against slavery. He had many enemies there and in his own government. But they all had to agree that he gave great speeches. He had taught himself to read with a book of great speeches from history. Andrew’s wife, Eliza, taught him to write and spell.”

On Line Lesson Plans:

Andrew Johnson from TeacherVision
Andrew Johnson from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
Abraham Lincoln from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:

Biography of Andrew Johnson
Johnson’s Obituary
The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
American Presidents’ Life Portraits
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents

Trivia Questions:

1. Name the Johnson’s children. [Answer: Martha Johnson (1828-1901); Charles Johnson (1830-63); Mary Johnson (1832-83); Robert Johnson (1834-69); Andrew Johnson (1852-79)]

2. Who was Johnson’s vice president? [Answer: Andrew Johnson did not have a vice president.]

3. What other political positions did Andrew Johnson hold? [Answer: Served as Alderman of Greeneville, Tennessee, 1830-33; Elected Mayor of Greeneville, Tennessee, 1834; Member of Tennessee State Legislature, 1835-43; Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1843-53; Governor of Tennessee, 1853-57; United States Senator, 1857-62; Military Governor of Tennessee, 1862-65; Vice President, 1865; United States Senator, 1875]

Of Note:

When Johnson died, he was buried with a copy of the Constitution as a pillow for his head. That was how important freedom was to him.

Andrew Johnson was a tailor by profession. For many years after entering politics he made his own clothes. When he was Governor of Tennessee, he even made a suit for another governor.


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