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Andrew Johnson, from tailor to U.S. President

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President Andrew Johnson Was Born in Raleigh, North Carolina
December 29, 1808

If you looked only at Andrew Johnson's childhood, you would never guess that he would rise to the highest office of the United States. The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 29, 1808. His father died when he was young, leaving the family in poverty. From ages 10 to 17, young Johnson worked as an apprentice to a tailor. He worked at that trade for a number of years, during which time he moved with his mother to Greenville, Tennessee. Johnson never attended school. Once married, however, his wife, Eliza McCardle, became his tutor, providing him with a good common education.
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