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Andrew Johnson (1808)close

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1808, Andrew Johnson grew up uneducated and in poverty. At the age of 13 he was apprenticed to a tailor. Two years later, Johnson ran away from home and eventually opened a tailor shop in Greenville, Tennessee. Johnson became mayor of Greenville at the age of 22, served in the Tennessee assembly for six years, was a congressman from 1843 - 1853 and became the governor of Tennessee in 1853. Although he was a Southerner, Johnson opposed secession and remained in the Senate even when Tennessee left the Union. He served as Vice President under Abraham Lincoln, and President after Lincoln's death.

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