Andrew Johnson was the first President of the United States who had neither been a military hero nor studied law. Known in his time as the "courageous commoner," this former tailor's apprentice followed the ideals inherent in the American dream to rise from poverty-stricken circumstances.
On his journey to the Executive Mansion, this self-taught man held nearly every political office available - without attending a single day of school.
Andrew Johnson's extraordinary life is marked by passionate debate and controversy. He lived during a time of triumph and turmoil. Many of the decisions and policies made during his Presidency still impact the country today. On this page you can find a brief overview of Johnson's life, as well as a time-line and several of the topics that are trademarks of his legacy. Discover more about your 17th President as you explore these links, several transcribed from Johnson's own words.
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