Thursday, 6 October 2016

Naked POTUS, number 17: Andrew Johnson

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN



Balls clearly visible, it's the seventeenth President of these United States Andrew Johnson (1808-1875). Here is his tale:

ANDREW JOHNSON

Born 29th December 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina
Died 31st July 1875, Carter County, Tennessee

Presidential Term 15th April 1865 - 4th March 1869

Andrew Johnson did OK for himself considering that he never went to school and had to teach himself to read. Johnson was just 3-years old when his father died and his mother (a cow) sold both him and his elder brother into servitude with a tailor in Greenville, Tennessee. They later both escaped and lived on their own, setting up their own tailor shop in order to make ends meet.

Johnson was elected major of Greenville, Tennessee aged only 22.

Johnson was the President when Nebraska was admitted to the Union in 1867. The same year, the Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. This became known as Seward's Folly.

Johnson was the third Vice-President to accede to the Presidency due to their predecessor's death in office and the first to do so due to an assassination.

He was the first President to be impeached. The Tenure of Office Act of 1867 prevented Johnson from removing his appointed officials but he nevertheless sacked Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War and replaced him with Ulysses S. Grant to test the Constitutionality of the Act. Stanton took violent objection to this and went as far as barracading himself in his office. On February 24th 1868 the Senate began impeachment proceedings. These concluded in May with Johnson narrowly holding on, one vote shy of the two-thirds majority required to remove him from office.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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