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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Prefatory Note v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part I: Odds - 1808-1860 1
  • Chapter I - Runaway Apprentice 3
  • Chapter II - A. Johnson, Tailor 15
  • Chapter III - Successor to Andrew Jackson 26
  • Chapter IV - Congressman 40
  • Chapter V - On the Stump 58
  • Chapter VI - Governor and Senator 76
  • Chapter VII - Home Life 95
  • Chapter VIII - Jeff Davis Spoils the Broth 108
  • Chapter IX - Father of the Homestead 128
  • Chapter X - Impasse 142
  • Part Ii: Alone - 1860-1865 153
  • Chapter I - Testing Time 155
  • Chapter II - Lion-Heart 174
  • Chapter III - Fight for Tennessee 188
  • Chapter IV - Senatorial Whip 205
  • Chapter V - Military Governor 217
  • Chapter VI - Lincoln and Johnson 243
  • Chapter VII - Vice-President 263
  • Chapter VIII - The Execution of Mrs. Surratt 277
  • Chapter IX - Hero of an Hour 292
  • Chapter X - Thad Stevens Pockets Congress 307
  • Part Iii: Unbowed - 1865 and After 323
  • Chapter I - Presidential Reconstruction 325
  • Chapter II - Swinging Round the Circle 347
  • Chapter III - Veto Follows Veto 372
  • Chapter IV - The Great Reconstruction 390
  • Chapter V - Impeachment of the President 405
  • Chapter VI - The Trial 428
  • Chapter VII - Foreign and Domestic Policy 455
  • Chapter VIII - Leaving the White House 471
  • Chapter IX - The Come-Back 490
  • Chapter X - Sixty Years After 510
  • Appendix A 521
  • Appendix B 522
  • Appendix C 526
  • Bibliography 529
  • Index 541
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