Johnson, Andrew, 1927, Biographical Sketch
THRUST INTO the Presidency in 1865 by the tragic assassination of "the Great Emancipator," Andrew Johnson was ill prepared for the trying responsibilities with which he found himself confronted. Bound out to a tailor as a boy of ten, Johnson is the only one of the country's Presidents who never went to school. Although a native of North Carolina, his early poverty embittered him against the Southern aristocracy, and he had no sympathy for the fallen foe. Intemperate of speech, as well as, it was alleged, of drink, he soon found himself at odds with Congress and was impeached by the House of Representatives. In his trial before the Senate, the vote was 35 for conviction and 19 for acquittal; but as a two-thirds vote was necessary for conviction, the impeachment failed. Sulking under the weight of his political failures, the President refused to ride with General Grant to the latter's inauguration. Aside from his political career, the President's only other occupation was that of a tailor, and he continued throughout most of his life to make his own clothes.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 18.
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