U.S. President Andrew Johnson was born into poverty in NC. He apprenticed as a tailor and settled in Tennessee. In 1862, Lincoln appointed Johnson military governor of Tennessee after it was retaken. A Southern Unionist Democrat, Andrew Johnson was vice president in Lincoln’s second term, becoming president upon Lincoln’s assassination. After the war, he favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the union. His vision of reconstruction in the South differed widely from what Lincoln had planned. He was opposed to the 14th Amendment, which gave citizenship to African-Americans. Impeached by the House of Representatives, he narrowly avoided conviction in the Senate. He lost the primary in his re-election campaign. In 1875, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, the only former president to do so.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive, and judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state, and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law and appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, and signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The Andrew Johnson biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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