Essay about The Legacy Of Andrew Johnson

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Andrew Johnson was born in North Carolina to an indigent family, most of which were extremely uneducated and could not read or write. Through years of self-teaching, and with a little help along the way from some friends, Johnson became an adequate speaker and writer. Although, from his background, no one would ever guess that Johnson would eventually rise to one of the most powerful positions in the government, and become the 17 President of the United States of America. Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 29, 1808 (Winston 3). He was raised in impecuniousness by his mom, Mary McDonough, since his dad, Jacob Johnson died when he was only 3 years old. His mom was having trouble making ends meet so she apprenticed her son to James J. Selby when he was only 14 years old (Winston 8). In 1824 Johnson ran away from Selby and traveled to South Carolina, while avoiding a ransom that had been placed on his head. Two years later, Johnson returned to North Carolina and reunited with his mom who was getting ready to move west to Tennessee. Once Johnson arrived in Tennessee he started looking for an opportunity to start a tailoring business. Before long he saw a fortuity, there was an auction for a small bit of property which Johnson paid around $1,000 to acquire. Once they settled into their new home, Johnson opened his own tailoring shop and summarily began to work with an idiosyncrasy of a laboring man.
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