Andrew Johnson

December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875

Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States. Becoming President following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and preceding Grant’s administration, Johnson was a sort of “historical stop-gap” that was widely regarded as – at best – ineffectual. The country was a mess thanks to the Civil War and Johnson’s attempts at a quick reconstruction were mostly bungled. He wanted the southern states back in the union quickly. He didn’t care if they adopted laws and codes that protected the now-freed former slaves or not. Congress strongly disagreed. Johnson vetoed any bill they put forward. They impeached him. Very little got done.

To his credit, prior to becoming Lincoln’s 2nd vice-president, he was the only sitting southern Senator that did not resign when his state seceded from the union. He also bought Alaska during his presidency. So, it wasn’t ALL disaster.

After he failed to retain his party’s nomination in 1868, he went home to Tennessee where he eventually became a U.S. Senator again. Five months after he was sworn back into the Senate, Andrew Johnson died following a series of strokes.


Andrew Johnson National Cemetery – Greenevillie, TN

Specific Location

Prominently located at the top of the hill in the center of this veterans cemetery run by the National Park Service.

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