Andrew Johnson Timeline
1808 Andrew Johnson is born in Raleigh, NC
1810 Eliza McCardle born
1812 Jacob Johnson, Andrew's father, dies
1818 Andrew Johnson is apprenticed to James Selby
1824 Andrew Johnson runs away from his apprenticeship and a reward notice is posted for his return; he travels extensively throughout the South
1826 Andrew Johnson arrives in Greeneville, TN with his mother and step-father
1827 Andrew Johnson marries Eliza McCardle
1828 Martha Johnson is born
1829 Andrew Johnson is elected alderman of Greeneville
1830 Charles Johnson is born
1830 Andrew Johnson purchases the Tailor Shop at public auction
1832 Mary Johnson is born
1834 Andrew Johnson is elected mayor of Greeneville
1834 Robert Johnson is born
1835 Andrew Johnson becomes a state representative
1837 Andrew Johnson is defeated for re-election
1839 Andrew Johnson becomes a state representative
1841 Andrew Johnson becomes a state senator
1842 Andrew Johnson purchases slaves Dolly and Sam
1843 Andrew Johnson is elected from the first congressional district as a United States Representative for the first of five terms
1845 Andrew Johnson is reelected to Congress
1846 Andrew Johnson introduces the Homestead Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives
1847 Andrew Johnson is reelected to Congress
1849 Andrew Johnson is reelected to Congress
1851 Andrew Johnson is reelected to Congress
1852 Andrew Johnson Jr. (Frank) is born
1853 Andrew Johnson becomes Governor of Tennessee
1855 Andrew Johnson re-elected Governor of Tennessee
1857 Andrew Johnson becomes a U.S. Senator
1857 Andrew Johnson introduces the Homestead Bill in the U.S. Senate
1859 Robert Johnson becomes a member of the TN state legislature
1861 Andrew Johnson remains loyal to the Union at the outbreak of the Civil War and keeps his Senate seat when Tennessee secedes
1862 Andrew Johnson is appointed military governor of Tennessee and resigns from the Senate
1863 Charles Johnson dies from injuries sustained after a fall from a horse. He was serving as an assistant surgeon with the Union army outside of Nashville, TN
1864 Andrew Johnson elected Vice-President of the United States
1865 President Lincoln is assasinated and Andrew Johnson is sworn in as the 17th President of the United States
1865 President Johnson appoints provisional governors for seven of the former Confederate states
1865 President Johnson presents his First Annual Message to Congress
1866 The University of North Carolina awards President Johnson an Honorary Doctorate
1866 President Johnson holds a reception at the White House for Queen Emma of the Sandwich Islands, now known as Hawaii. This was the first time a queen had visited the White House.
1866 To try to persuade the public to elect a Congress sympathetic with his plan of reconstruction, President Johnson tours the Northeast and Midwest in his "Swing Around the Circle" campaign. The attempt fails.
1867 President Johnson vetoes the Tenure of Office Act and the Military Reconstruction Bills
1867 President Johnson suspends Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton
1867 The Senate approves the purchase of Alaska from Russia
1868 President Johnson removes Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War
1868 President Johnson is impeached by the House of Representatives on February 24th.
1868 President Johnson is acquitted by the Senate on May 16th & 26th.
1869 Andrew Johnson and his family return to Greeneville
1869 Robert Johnson dies
1869 Andrew Johnson's try for another term as United States Senator is defeated.
1872 Andrew Johnson runs for the United States House of Representatives but he is defeated.
1875 Andrew Johnson is elected to the United States Senate and attends a special session. He remains the only U.S. President to return to the Senate.
1875 Andrew Johnson dies of a stroke while visiting his daughter Mary in Carter County, TN
Did You Know?
In 1868, Andrew Johnson signed the Navajo Treaty which allowed native people to return to their land in NE Arizona and New Mexico and SE Utah. Part of the land now comprises Canyon De Chelly National Monument.