Andrew Johnson, The Eight of Diamonds
17th President of the United States, 1865—1869
Andrew Johnson, a tailor by trade, did not smile much, but if you were down on your luck he would lend you a buck, and invite you to play a game of checkers. He was a simple man from a poor family. He never went to school, and was married at 18 to his 16 year old sweetheart Eliza. Johnson had thought the Civil War had been fought for the purpose of saving the union. His plan for reconstruction was met with hostility by those who thought the defeated south should be treated as a conquered nation. An effort to impeach Johnson failed in the Senate by 1 vote.