Andrew Johnson Fast Facts

Seventeenth President of the United States

Image of Andrew Johnson, Vice-President of the United States during the Civil War.
Image of Andrew Johnson, Vice-President of the United States during the end of the Civil War. Courtesy Library of Congress Manuscript Division James Wadsworth Family Papers LC-MSS-44297-33-003

Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) served as America's seventeenth president. He took over after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. He was president through the early days of reconstruction at a time when emotions ran high. Due to disagreements with Congress and his staff, he was actually impeached in 1868. However, he was saved from being removed as president by one vote. 

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December 29, 1808


July 31, 1875

Term of Office:

April 15, 1865 - March 3, 1869

Number of Terms Elected:

Term - Finished out the term after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

First Lady:

Eliza McCardle

Andrew Johnson Quotes:

"Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide."

"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people."

"There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws."

"If the rabble were lopped off at one end and the aristocrats at the other, all would be well with the country."

"Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North."

"If I am shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet."

"Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man - for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs."

Major Events While in Office:

  • Reconstruction
  • Thirteenth Amendment Ratified (1865)
  • Alaska Purchased (1867)
  • Impeachment Proceedings (1868)
  • Fourteenth Amendment Ratified (1868)

States Entering Union While in Office:

  • Nebraska (1867)

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