Andrew Johnson

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  • Andrew Johnson was born

    Johnson was born in a log cabin in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Johnson's father dies

    He died in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Andrew Johnson apprenticed to a tailor at age 10.

  • Andrew Johnson married Eliza McCardle

    Andrew Johnson, 18, married Eliza McCardle, 16, on May 17, 1827, at the home of the bride's mother in Greeneville.
  • He Held his first office as Mayor

  • He was a member of the House of Representatives.

  • Johnson was sent to State Legislature after served the capacity of 3 years

  • Johnson becomes Senate

  • Representative for Congress

  • Chosen for Governer

  • Re-elected for Governer

  • Andrew Johnson's mother dies

    Andrew's mother, Mary (Polly) McDonough Johnson, died in Greenville, Tennessee.
  • Elected for Full-term Senate

  • Delivered a Speech

    he was defiant against the threat of Southern States to force the Border States into the Confederacy. In that speech his argument against secession was very strong as affecting Southern interests. He predicted that disunion must destroy slavery; that a hostile or even alien government upon the border of the slaveholding States would be the natural haven of rest to the hunted slave.
  • Had another speech

    Johnson said, "Show me those who make war on the Government and fire on its vessels, and I will show you a traitor. If I were President of the United States I would have all such arrested, and, if convicted, by the Eternal God I would have them hung!"
  • President Lincoln appointed him Military Governor of Tennessee

    And Johnson used the state as a laboratory for reconstruction.
  • After the capture of Nashville

    By the National forces, Mr. Johnson was appointed by the President Military Governor of Tennessee, with the rank of Brigadier-General. The acceptance of this position necessitated, of course, the resignation of his situation in the Senate.
  • Full-term Senate Ended

  • When Robert E. Lee Surrendered

    On April 9, at Appomattox, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) surrendered his Confederate army to General Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), effectively ending the Civil War.
  • Johnson became president after Lincoln was assassinated.

    Johnson became president after Lincoln was assassinated.
    He was the first American President to be impeached. As it happened, Johnson himself escaped death, because the assassin Booth’s original plot had also targeted the vice president and U.S. Secretary of State William Seward (1801-1872). Seward was attacked but survived, while Johnson’s assigned assailant, George Atzerodt (1835-1865), lost his nerve at the last minute and did not go after Johnson.
  • Johnson vetoed the Freedmen's Bureau Bill and the Civil Rights Bill.

    Legislation aimed to protect blacks. Later in the year the Congress passed the 14th Amendment granting citizenship to blacks, the president urged the Southerners not to ratify it. (the amendment nevertheless was ratified in July 1868).
  • Johnson was impeached

    The U.S. House of Representatives votes 11 articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson, nine of which cite Johnson’s removal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, a violation of the Tenure of Office Act. The House vote made President Johnson the first president to be impeached in U.S. history.