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April 17, 2014

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Sunday Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Planned For Johnson's 205th Birthday

Sun Photo By O.J. Early

For the present, a green wreath and bright-red ribbon continues to decorate each of the graves at the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, following a Wreaths Across America ceremony there on Saturday, Dec. 14. The wreaths, which will soon be removed, have brought additional beauty and color to the solemnly beautiful cemetery at the end of Monument Avenue. Another wreath-laying ceremony will take place at President Andrew Johnson's grave Sunday, marking his 205th birthday.

Originally published: 2013-12-28 08:15:15
Last modified: 2013-12-28 08:18:26
 


Sunday will mark the 205th birthday of President Andrew Johnson, and the annual tradition to observe the birthdays of deceased Presidents of the United States will continue at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, where he is buried.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, representatives of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard will lay a wreath on President Johnson's grave.

The delegation from the 278th will represent President Barack Obama at the ceremony.

Similar ceremonies on behalf of the incumbent president, whoever that is, take place each year at the gravesites of all former U.S. Presidents.

Major General Max Haston, adjutant general of the State of Tennessee, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony, as he was last year.

Andrew Johnson was born Dec. 28, 1808, in Raleigh, N.C.

He came to Greeneville in 1826, later married Eliza McCardle of this community, and worked here as a tailor until gradually becoming involved in elective office -- first at the local level, then at the state level, then in Congress, and finally at the national level as President Abraham Lincoln's vice president.

He succeeded to the presidency in April 1865 following the assassination of President Lincoln. He completed Lincoln's term and left the nation's capital in 1869 to return to Greeneville.

Later in his life, he was again named U.S. Senator from Tennessee, but died in 1875 before he could formally take office.

Johnson is the only person in U.S. history to hold every office from town alderman to President of the United States, including state representative, state senator, governor, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Vice President of the United States, and President.

In addition, during the Civil War, he was appointed Military Governor of Tennessee by President Lincoln.

The Andrew Johnson National Cemetery is located at the end of Monument Avenue in Greeneville.

 
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