Andrew Johnson: Plebeian and Patriot

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PREFATORY NOTE

First of all I wish to acknowledge my obligation to Andrew Johnson Patterson, grandson of Andrew Johnson. Mr. Patterson has given me free access to President Johnson's old home and to his heirlooms, entrusting me with scrap books, newspaper files, letters and other material. During the years 1926 and 1927 I visited Tennessee, where many of the older people remembered their former countryman. From them I gathered numerous anecdotes and other incidents. But for the atmosphere of Johnson's home and of glorious East Tennessee I could not, I am sure, have discovered the real flesh and blood Andrew Johnson. The Congressional Library, especially the manuscript and newspaper rooms, and the libraries of the University of North Carolina, of Duke University, and of Williams College, have been generous in the use of material. The North Carolina Historical Society, the Tennessee Historical Society, and the Carnegie Library at Nashville have likewise furnished me with newspaper files and records shedding additional light on Johnson. With this and other material in hand, I have been enabled to follow the tailor- President from birth to death--a task, I may add, not heretofore undertaken. Citations in the footnotes are generally abbreviated after the first reference; the bibliography supplements the notes, giving dates and places of publication and authors' names. In the notes I refer both to Johnson Mss. and to Johnson Mss. at Greeneville; in the former case, the manuscripts are in the Congressional Library.

ROBERT W. WINSTON.

Williamstown, Mass. February 12, 1928.

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