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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Eliza Johnson
First Lady: 1865 - 1869
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  • Eliza Johnson Program
  • Eliza Johnson program: Opening clip
  • Eliza and Andrew Johnson's meeting and marriage
  • Suffering from tuberculosis
  • Public perception of the Johnsons
  • Helping to educate her husband
  • Transition after the Lincoln Administration
  • Early Life in Greeneville, TN
  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in TN
  • Life After the White House
  • Life in Greeneville During the Civil War
  • White House Artifacts
  • War Time Efforts
  • Her Marriage
  • Her Education
  • A Brief Introduction to Eliza Johnson


Eliza Johnson

Andrew Johnson
"We are plain people from Tennessee, called here for a little time by a nation’s calamity, and I hope too much will not be expected of us." Spoken by Martha Johnson Patterson, daughter of the First Lady.

Born - October 4, 1810 in Leesburg, Tennessee

Parents - John McCardle & Sarah Phillips McCardle

Married - May 17, 1827 to Andrew Johnson

Children - Martha (1828 – 1901),
Charles (1830 – 1863),
Mary (1832 – 1883),
Robert (1834 – 1869),
Andrew (1852 – 1879)

Died - January 15, 1876 in Greene County, Tennessee

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