The Best Biographies of Andrew Johnson

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

AJStampOf the six presidents to lead the nation after James Polk, only Abraham Lincoln left a legacy that escaped the bottom quartile. And while Lincoln is usually considered one of the all-time great presidents, Andrew Johnson almost always ranks dead last.

But that is hardly unexpected. Working enthusiastically to obstruct a significant civil rights movement can have that affect on a reputation. And going out of one’s way to agitate Congress never seems to help.

Many of the weak presidents who preceded Lincoln are blamed for doing virtually nothing to champion the rights of all Americans (including those not even considered citizens). But at nearly every turn Johnson seemed to go out of his way to ensure that social progress was impeded. And ironically he did so while claiming to vigorously support the Constitution.

I was surprised to learn almost nothing of Johnson while reading my dozen biographies of his predecessor, Abraham…

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  1. Tim Harding
    May 11, 2020 @ 00:36:55

    I predict that Donald Trump will rank as one of the worst US presidents in history.

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