January 15th, 2017

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First Lady Eliza Johnson

On this date in 1876, Eliza Johnson died. Born Elizabeth McCardle on October 4, 1810, in Greeneville, Tennessee, she married Andrew Johnson in May 1827. As the Johnsons lived together, he worked as a tailor (he had no formal schooling, and taught himself to read) while she tutored him in arithmetic and writing. In 1864, he was elected Vice President for Abraham Lincoln's second term, and became President upon Lincoln's assassination. Eliza married her husband at a younger age than any other First Lady (including Frances Cleveland, who was the youngest First Lady when, at age 21, she married President Grover Cleveland). After Johnson's one term in the White House, they returned to Tennessee. She died six months after her husband, the former President who was, at the time of his death, a Senator.