Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson c. early 1870s, photo By Mathew Brady, Retouched by Mmxx [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, the Brady-Handy collection at the Library of Congress.

Date of Birth: December 29, 1808

Place of Birth: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: July 31, 1875

Place of Death: Elizabethton, Tennessee, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Dutch, 1/256th Bohemian Czech

Andrew Jackson was an American politician. As a member of the National Union Party, and then the Democratic Party, he served as the 17th President of the United States, from April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869. He was previously the 16th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1865 to April 15, 1865. He was elected to the position in 1864. He took over as President upon Abraham Lincoln’s death.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1860 and 1868.

President Johnson was the son of Mary “Polly” (McDonough) and Jacob Johnson. He was married to Eliza McCardle Johnson, with whom he had five children.

He was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1853, the 15th Governor of Tennessee, from October 17, 1853 to November 3, 1857, a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, from October 8, 1857 to March 4, 1862, and again from March 4, 1875 to July 31, 1875, and a Military Governor of Tennessee, from March 12, 1862 to March 4, 1865.

President Johnson’s paternal grandfather was Andrew William Johnston (the son of Arthur Johnson and Margaret Phares). Andrew was born in Virginia. Arthur was the son of John Johnston, who was born in New Leslie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Margaret was the daughter of John Phares, whose mother was Scottish, and of Agnes Margaret Johnson.

President Johnson’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Henkel (the daughter of Johann Justus Hinckel and Maria Magdalena Eschmann). Hannah was born in Pennsylvania. Johann was born in Mosbach, Kurpfalz, Germany, the son of The Rev. Anthonius Jacobus Henckel and Maria Elisabeth Dentzer. Maria Magdalena was the daughter of Abraham Eschmann/Ashman, who was of German origin, and of Elizabeth Ellis.

President Johnson’s maternal grandfather was Andrew C. McDonough (the son of Andrew McDonough and Mary Odeon). President Johnson’s grandfather Andrew was born in North Carolina. President Johnson’s great-grandfather Andrew was born in Ballyclare, Tyrone, Ireland, the son of Andrew McDonough.

President Johnson’s maternal grandmother was Mary Ruth Lindley (the daughter of James Lindley and Mary Cox). President Johnson’s grandmother Mary Ruth was born in North Carolina. James was the son of Thomas Lindley, who was born in County Wicklow, Leinster, Ireland, and of Ruth Hadley, who was born in Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster. President Johnson’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of William Cox, who was born in England, and of Catherine Kinkey, whose own mother, Margery Herman, was born in England.

Sources: Genealogies of President Johnson –

Genealogy of President Johnson (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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