1843-1853, U.S. House of Representatives – Andrew Johnson


This U.S. House of Representative Andrew Johnson history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Andrew Johnson and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Andrew Johnson was born into poverty in N.C.  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 and War Democrat, he 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 reelection campaign.  In 1875, he was elected to the Senate, the only former president to do so.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

Andrew Johnson was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

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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