For those of you who are coin collectors or who have a fascination with our seventeenth president, I’m here to tell you that today is the day that the Andrew Johnson $1 coin is available for purchase … in rolls of $25, and for a bit more than that, of course.
Here is the thumbnail biography of the Tennessee tailor:
Born in Raleigh, N.C., in 1808, Andrew Johnson grew up in poverty. He was apprenticed to a tailor as a boy and later opened a tailor shop in Greeneville, Tenn., married Eliza McCardle and participated in debates at the local academy.
In 1864, the Republican Party nominated Johnson, a Democrat, for vice president. After President Abraham Lincoln’s death, President Johnson proceeded with a moderate approach to reconstruct the southern states.
In 1874, Tennessee returned Johnson to the Senate, making him the only former President to have served in the Senate. He died a few months later on July 31, 1875.
Talk about selective memory. And a “moderate” approach to reconstruction? Please tell me how more lenient Johnson could have been … to whites, that is.
And there’s a word missing here … begins with the letter “I” … wait, don’t tell me … nah, not idiot (good guess!) … nor imbecile …
Just wait for the next release, I guess.