By Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein
This A–Z encyclopedia offers rigorously chosen entries masking the folks, occasions, and ideas correct to Andrew Johnson's life.
• greater than 350 entries hide the 5 many years of Andrew Johnson's profitable profession, from 1828–1875
• chosen unique files comprise the Articles of Impeachment, speeches, proclamations, vetoes, and letters
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His second inaugural address spoke of “malice towards none” and “charity for all,” which seemed too good for those responsible for such bloodshed. At first some Republicans were gratified because Johnson showed no sympathy as he directed the arrest and trial of the assassination conspirators. But presidential assassins were exceptions to Johnson’s policy, and the new president took a far more conciliatory view toward average Southerners who had been in the war. Johnson had been military governor during wartime, when the normal relationships among the population, the Constitution, and military-civil authorities were disrupted.
Merchant marine. More than 200 ships were lost and some 100,000 tons of cargo were destroyed, driving up insurance costs, forcing shipowners to convert to foreign registries, and crippling businesses dependent upon imports and exports. Despite Great Britain’s own neutrality laws and a decided pro-Union sentiment after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, shipbuilding for the Confederacy was a lucrative, and not very secretive, business. S. secretary of state William H. Seward presented the British government with a detailed demand for redress, did construction fall off.
Cities across the South invited the ex-president to speak after he had departed Washington. But despite his sporadic popularity, Johnson was still a defeated man, and the spring of 1869 saw other calamities as well. A painful illness struck him in March. Some newspapers even reported that he had died. In April another son, Robert, died. Ever the fighter, Johnson quickly overcame the personal and professional setbacks and dove back into public life. S. Senate seat in 1869. S. House in 1872, only to lose again.