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Andrew johnson december 29th 1808 to july 31st 1875 was the 17th president of the united states serving from 1865 to 1869 Johnson assumed the presidency as he was vice president of the United States at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln a Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded the new president favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union his plans did not give protection to the former slaves and he came into conflict with the republican-dominated Congress culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives he was acquitted in the Senate by one vote Johnson was born in poverty in Raleigh North Carolina and never attended school apprenticed as a tailor he worked in several frontier towns before settling in Greenville Tennessee he served as alderman and mayor there before being elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1835 after brief service in the Tennessee Senate Johnson was elected to the federal House of Representatives in 1843 where he served five two-year terms he became governor of Tennessee for four years and was elected by the legislature to the US Senate in 1857 in his congressional service he sought passage of the homestead bill which was enacted soon after he left his Senate seat in 1862 as southern slave states including Tennessee seceded to form the Confederate States of America Johnson remained firmly with the Union he was the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who did not resign his seat upon learning of his state secession in 1862 Lincoln appointed him as military governor of Tennessee after most of it had been retaken in 1864 Johnson as a ward Democrat and southern unionist was a logical choice...