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Andrew Johnson Papers

Identifier: MS-2073

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This collection consists of three series of materials related to Andrew Johnson. These papers belonged to President Andrew Johnson and his two sons, Charles and Robert. Both of his sons served in the Union army in different capacities. Series I contains the business and personal receipts of Andrew Johnson. Series II contains Charles Johnson's business receipts. Series III is Robert Johnson's personal journal, calling card, and business receipts.


  • 1833-1875

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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.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 half box)


This collection consists of three series of materials related to President Andrew Johnson and his two sons Charles and Robert. These materials are dated between 1833 and 1875. This collection contains some of President Johnson's business and personal papers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Andrew Johnson served as the republic's seventeenth president. Mr. Johnson was born in Greenville, Tennessee, educated as an attorney and later served in the Tennessee General Assembly. Johnson further served in the offices of governor of Tennessee, U. S. Representative and U. S. Senator. He served as vice president to Abraham Lincoln until Lincoln's assassination. He became the seventeenth president of the United States, facing the Reconstruction Era and political turmoil during his time in office. After serving one term as president, Johnson returned to Tennessee and served as a senator. He died on July 31st, 1875 in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Charles Johnson was the first-born son of Andrew and Eliza (McCardle) Johnson. He was born in Greenville, Tennessee in 1830. Before the Civil War, he was living in Nashville Tennessee and training to become a pharmacist. When the Civil War broke out, he was in Greenville, Tennessee and he became part of the East Tennessee Unionist movement. Mr. Johnson was in Nashville, Tennessee in 1863 and he died as a result of injuries caused by a fall from a horse.

Robert Johnson was the second son of Andrew and Eliza Johnson. He worked as an attorney and served in the Tennessee General Assembly. During the Civil War he was a Colonel in the Union Army. He resigned his army commission in 1864 to serve as his father's private secretary. In 1869, while on a trip to Greenville, Tennessee, Mr. Johnson died of an alcohol/laudanum overdose.


This collection is in a single box. The material is arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: Andrew Johnson
  2. Series II: Charles Johnson
  3. Series III: Robert Johnson

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of Special Collections.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA