Andrew Johnson Bicentennial, 1808-2008

In celebration of the bicentennial of Andrew Johnson’s birth and to commemorate his legacy, the images exhibited in this collection attempt to examine Johnson’s controversial political career and, at the same time, provide a glimpse at his personal life and humble beginnings. Despite his mixed reputation among scholars, the arc of Johnson’s political life remains unparalleled in American history.  He is the only politician who has held all of the following offices: city alderman, mayor, state representative, state senator, governor, military governor, U. S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and President of the United States