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.
Online exhibit highlighting the life of William Walker (1824–1860). Walker, a physician, lawyer, newspaper editor, and President of Nicaragua, was born in Nashville and died before a firing squad in Honduras. He was an idealist devoted to fulfilling America’s role in “Manifest Destiny” which envisioned U.S. dominion over North America.
A newspaper once dubbed John Jay Hooker Jr. as “Tennessee’s own Kennedy.” And the label seemed to fit. The one-time aide to Robert F. Kennedy made a name for himself during his campaigns for Tennessee governor in 1966 and 1970. Although he wasn’t successful in either of those campaigns – or others that followed – he has remained part of the state’s political landscape for more than a half century. A lawyer by trade, he’s also tried his hand with varying degrees of success as a restaurateur, a publisher and a health care executive.