A WALK WITH THE PRESIDENT

ANDREW JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

GREENEVILLE, TN

Andrew Johnson hardly had the upbringing of someone who could aspire to hold the highest office in the United States of America. He was anything but a scholar, ran away from home when he was 16, didn’t study law and never fought for his country.

Johnson, who would become the 17th President of the U.S in 1865, succeeding Abraham Lincoln, was known as the Courageous Commoner, due to his unconventional rise out of poverty in Greeneville. Self-educated, he first established a very successful tailoring business before he began his foray into politics. He first became mayor of Greeneville in 1834, then served as a state legislator, U.S. Congressman, a two-term Tennessee governor and a senator before becoming President of the United States.

The former president’s life can be retraced by visiting the place he grew up, The Homestead, which is filled with authentic family belongings, his tailor shop, and the National Cemetery where Johnson was buried atop Signal Hill in 1875. Tusculum College, which is nearby, houses Johnson’s presidential library, a living legacy to this truly unique man.

The legendary pioneer Davy Crockett, who represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution and died at the Battle of the Alamo, also made his home in Greeneville, where the Dickson-Williams Mansion (also known as the Showplace of East Tennessee) is located as well.

ANDREW JOHNSON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

GREENEVILLE, TN
121 Monument Ave, Greeneville, TN 37743
(423) 638-3711

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