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, he was vice president in Lincoln’s second term, becoming president upon Lincoln’s assassination. After the war, Andrew Johnson 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 U.S. Senate, the only former president to do so.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices and other federal executive officials.
Andrew Johnson was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as 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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