Andrew Johnson: A Biography by Hans L. TrefoussePolitically shrewd but fatally unable to adapt to new political realities, Andrew Johnson presided, disastrously, over the tumultuous first years of Reconstruction. In this provocative account, Hans Trefousse gives us a brilliant, compassionate portrait of a dynamic era of social change and national healing, and of the tragic failure of an American leader (Library Journal).
Andrew Johnson , the 17th U. Johnson, who served from to , was the first American president to be impeached. A tailor before he entered politics, Johnson grew up poor and lacked a formal education. He served in the Tennessee legislature and U. Congress, and was governor of Tennessee. During the U. Civil War , Johnson was the only Southern senator to remain loyal to the Union.
The presidency of Andrew Johnson arrived as the result of a tragedy that shook the nation. Johnson—who was born on this day years ago— took office after Abraham Lincoln was shot by assassin John Wilkes Booth in In addition to buying Alaska, he became the first American president to face the consequences of impeachment. Born in December in Raleigh, North Carolina to two working-class parents, Andrew Johnson enjoyed few privileges while growing up. His childhood home was a log cabin; following the death of his father in , he worked instead of attending school and apprenticed as a tailor.
He became president upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln but only served out the term. He was the first individual to be impeached as president. When Andrew Johnson was only three, his father Jacob died. His mother, Mary McDonough Johnson, remarried and later sent him and his brother out as indentured servants to a tailor named James Selby. The brothers ran away from their bond after two years. However, they were never captured.