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Highlights of previous programs at Andrew Johnson NHS:

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Andrew Johnson's inaugural in the parlor of the Kirkwood House.

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150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater. After his death on April 15, 1865, Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States. The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site commemorated this historic event at the Visitor Center on April 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with a program and video.
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Eliza McCardle Johnson

In 2013, First Lady Eliza McCardle Johnson was featured on C-Span's "First Ladies: Influence and Image" series. This broadcast enabled viewers to learn more about this reclusive yet quietly influential lady.

Eliza Johnson is credited with teaching her husband to read and write. He actually had the rudiments of an education, and she helped further it along. Andrew Johnson acknowledged his gratitude in some of his speeches:

Nashville's Union and American synopsis from a Johnson speech at Sparta (1853): "God bless woman! For she had taught him the rudiments of the education which he had."

And from Johnson's remarks at the Tennessee State Fair (1857): "I tell you, my fellow-citizens, the day is coming when it will be seen that the integrity of this government depends upon the education of our daughters."


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