Greeneville in Greene County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
An Early Home
Andrew Johnson National Historic Park
Andrew Johnson and his family lived in this two-story brick house from some time in the 1830s until 1851. During these years, Johnson’s life changed drastically as he ventured from the tailoring trade into politics. After being elected alderman of Greenville, he became mayor. From then on his rise was steady – to state representative, state senator, and United States representative. In 1853 he was elected governor of Tennessee and was sent to the United States Senate in 1857.
Exhibits inside this Early Home explore the years and events prior to Johnson’s presidency. These include early family life and history, Johnson’s apprenticeship and move to Greenville, and his political career prior to the presidency.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #17 Andrew Johnson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 36° 9.759′ N, 82° 49.753′ W. Marker is in Greeneville, Tennessee Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greeneville TN 37745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heart of the Household (a few steps from this marker); "I Have Wrestled With Poverty" (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett / Andrew Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Lundy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olde Greene County Gaol (about 400 feet away); Greeneville, Tennessee (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Andrew Johnson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greeneville.
More about this marker. A picture of the house appears on the right side of the marker. It has a caption of “If you walk down the stairs beneath the porch you can view the cellar of this Early Home, with its limestone outcrop and fireplace. This room may have been used as a kitchen.
Also see . . . Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 465 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.