1. The burden of the administration soon fell on the shoulders of Andrew Johnson after the assassination of President Lincoln. He took the office in 1865 and became the 17th President of the United States of America serving from 1865 to 1869.
2. He was born on December 29, 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 3, his father, Jacob Johnson, died. He belonged to a very poor background with lack of education but he still managed to enter into politics by serving in the Tennessee legislature and U.S Congress. He was appointed as Military governor of Tennessee by Lincoln in 1862.
3. He is known as the only Southerner senator to remain loyal to the Union during the Civil War and for he earned himself the nomination for Vice President despite being a Southerner as well as a Democrat.
4. He was the first President in history who was impeached due to his clashes with the Radical Republicans. He joined the office the day President Lincoln died and made it his priority to bring the Southern States back to the Union.
5. His lenient approach in the form of Reconstruction was not appreciated by the Radical Republicans and he was soon at odds with the legislature when he vetoed Freedmen`s Bureau Bill and the Civil Rights bill in 1866.
6. Johnson was headed towards clashes with the Congress when he urged Southern states to not ratify the 14th Amendment passed by the Congress. Finally he House of Representatives to impeach him for violating the Tenure of Office Act.
7. Johnson did not return for reelection in 1868 but did not give up on politics and ran for U.S Senate in 1869 but lost. In 1872, he lost his bid for the seat in the U.S House of Representatives. On July 30 in 1875 Johnson died from a stroke near Elizabethton, Tennessee at the age of 66.