June 25, 1862: Who is this Andrew Johnson?

Andrew Johnson

The Richmond Daily Dispatch casts aspersions on Andrew Johnson’s ancestry.

Who is “Gov.” Johnson?
–Andy Johnson, Lincoln’s Military Governor of Tennessee, is a native of North Carolina. His grand-father was hung, during the first Revolution, as a Tory marander and spy in the employ of Tariton. His cousin, Madison Johnson, was hung for horse stealing, some twenty years ago, by a regular verdict of twelve of his pears, as the law of that State Airecty. Andy having more sense than the balance of the family, left his native State at an early day, went to Tennessee and turned his attention to politics. He has, therefore, been more fortunate in his llainy than his illustrious ancestors were. The day of retribution may yet overtake him however.

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