Essay about Andrew Johnson the 17th President

1479 WordsMar 22, 20056 Pages
Background Andrew Johnson, the 17th president, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 29th, 1808. At the young age of three years old, Andrew's father. Jacob Johnson passed away while drowning in an attempt to save the life of Editor Henderson from the Raleigh Gazette in 1812. Andrew's mother, Mary Johnson, worked hard as a seamstress and washerwoman in order to support Andrew and his three brothers, and her; but she was unable to afford to send them to school. From the age of 14 until 16 he worked as an apprentice to a tailor but talked to his mother and stepfather about moving and starting a new life. He then opened a tailor shop in Greenville, Tennessee, married Eliza McCardle on May 17, 1827 and participated in debates…show more content…
John didn't waste any time when he got into the White House, he had specific goals to accomplish and he wasn't going to let anything stand in his way. The circumstances that presented his opportunity would be the Civil War, some sort of resolution had to come out of it and Johnson tried to make that happen. The use of the Presidential Power was a big issue, it seems as though Congress and President Johnson were sort of going back and forth with cheap shots. Whenever Johnson would have a novel idea, Congress would find a way to put it down. I believe it impacted the Country in a positive way because if Congress wouldn't have made various laws or amendments, Johnson would have been able to do whatever his heart desired which wasn't the entire right thing. Three Major Achievements The most valuable achievement of President Johnson was the acquisition of Alaska on March 30th of 1867. Secretary of the State, William Seward bought Alaska from Russia for seven million dollars. This negotiation with Russia wasn't easy and took a lot of effort, time and money. Another major achievement that Johnson performed was the Reconstruction after the Civil War and abolishing slavery in the south. He added to our Constitution, the 13th amendment which would abolish slavery and the 14th amendment for equal protection of all citizens. Andrew Johnson didn't have too
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