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Colonel Fay Warrington Brabson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0829

Research material relating to Brabson's biography of Andrew Jackson published in 1972. Includes a manuscript version of the book, Andrew Johnson, A Life in Pursuit of the Right Course, 1808-1875; correspondence, photographs, research notes, and clippings about Johnson, the Civil War, Greeneville, Tenn., and related subjects; and original letters to and from Johnson, W. G. Brownlow, Thaddeus Stevens, members of the Johnson family and others.

Dates

  • 1836-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Abstract

Research material relating to Brabson's biography of Andrew Jackson published in 1972. Includes a manuscript version of the book, Andrew Johnson, A Life in Pursuit of the Right Course, 1808-1875; correspondence, photographs, research notes, and clippings about Johnson, the Civil War, Greeneville, Tenn., and related subjects; and original letters to and from Johnson, W. G. Brownlow, Thaddeus Stevens, members of the Johnson family and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born December 29, 1808, Andrew Johnson began his political career in Greeneville, Tenn. After serving as alderman and mayor, Johnson successfully ran for a seat in the lower house of the state legislature in 1835. After serving three terms in the state Senate, Johnson moved to the U. S. House of Representatives, where he served for ten years, 1843-1853. He also served as Governor of Tennessee from 1853-1857. In the fall of 1857, he was chosen as a U. S. Senator. In 1861, Johnson returned to East Tennessee to fight the surging secessionist movement, joining people such as William G. Brownlow and Horace Maynard in his support of the Union. After a June referendum in which Tennesseeans voted for secession, Johnson made his way back to Washington. After the Federal capture of Forts Henry and Donelson and the occupation of Nashville in February 1862, however, President Lincoln sent Johnson back to Tennessee to serve as military governor, a position in which he was charged to restore civil government and bring the state back to the Union. Lincoln also placed Johnson on the ticket in the 1864 election as his vice-presidential nominee. After Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865, Johnson was sworn in as the seventeenth president.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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