Andrew Johnson: A Biography

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XIX
EX-PRESIDENT

JOHNSON was now out of office for the first time since 1839. But his retirement from the presidency did not mean that he would withdraw from politics as well. He was much too ambitious and restless, to say nothing about his desire for vindication—vindication for his policies, for his contentions, and for his administration. And he did not wait long to prepare for his comeback.

The first opportunity arose when he was still in Washington with the Coyles, where he stayed for some two weeks. He had not come to the capital in a hurry, he said, and he was not going to leave quickly. After receiving an invitation from the Common Council of Baltimore, on March 11 he took off for the city on the special train his hosts had provided. He arrived at eleven in the morning, was greeted with great fanfare, and, accompanied by the mayor and governor, was driven to the Exchange in an open carriage. After a festive reception there, he went to Barnum's Hotel, where he was an honored guest at a dinner for two hundred people, including ex-secretaries Orville H. Browning and Alexander W. Randall, former governor Thomas Swann, and various members of Congress. In his reply to the toasts, Johnson complimented Maryland for having sustained him in his struggle for constitutional liberty and asserted that he felt more pride in being an American citizen than he would "in being inaugurated President on the ruins of a violated Constitution." Loud cheers greeted his talk. 1

On March 18, accompanied by Eliza, Robert, the Pattersons, and

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Table of contents

  • Andrew Johnson - A Biography *
  • Contents 9
  • Illustrations 11
  • Preface 13
  • I - Raleigh Poor White 17
  • II - Tennessee Tailor 25
  • III - Greeneville Politician 35
  • IV - Fledgling Congressman 51
  • V - Veteran Congressman 69
  • VI - Governor of Tennessee 84
  • VII - United States Senator 109
  • VIII - Unconditional Unionist 128
  • IX - Military Governor 152
  • X - Vice President 176
  • XI - Unionist President 193
  • XII - Presidential Reconstructionist 214
  • XIII - Pugnacious President 234
  • XIV - Beleaguered President 255
  • XV - Defiant President 272
  • XVI - Fighting President 293
  • XVII - President Impeached— President Acquitted 311
  • XVIII - President in Limbo 335
  • XIX - Ex-President 353
  • XX - Epilogue 375
  • Abbreviations 381
  • Notes 383
  • Index 447
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