May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 146

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
IMPEACHED FORMER PRESIDENT IS HOPEFUL OF BECOMING SENATOR JOHNSON, ANDREW. Autograph Letter Signed, to his son Andrew Johnson, Jr., ("My dear son"), in pencil, asking about the health of his mother, expressing hope that she would soon recover, wondering why the [Greenville] Intelligencer lacked editorials, anticipating success [in the Senatorial election], and giving his travel plans. 1 1/4 pages, 4to, written on recto and verso of a single sheet; moderate scattered foxing, folds. (TFC) Nashville, 24 December 1874

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"I have been expecting a letter from you giving me the news from home . . . and especially as to the health of your mother. I received a letter from your sister on yester day informing me that your mother was very feeble and had been confined to her bed for more than a week. . . .
"I received the last Intelligencer, but did not see any Editorial. . . . I presume there is a reason for this and take it for granted that it is alright. From all that I can learn in the two division[s] of the State west of the Mountain my prospects are pretty for success--but it will require much effort and vigilance on the part of friends to make a sure thing of it. I will leave at 12 oclock N for Memphis . . . .
"I do not expect to be at home until the Senatorial election is over unless your mother gets worse. . . ."
Published in the Papers of Andrew Johnson, ed. Bergeron, Vol. 16, 2000.
Johnson, who had become in 1868 the first U.S. President to be impeached, sought the respectability of office in the U.S. Senate, which he achieved in 1875. Mere months after becoming the first former President to be elected to the Senate, he suffered a fatal stroke. His wife, Eliza McCardle Johnson, who endured poor health throughout Johnson's presidency, died the following year.