Andrew Johnson | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Andrew Johnson

  • Andrew Johnson
James Van Nuys

Johnson became president upon Abraham Lincoln's death to a nation that was still essentially divided. In 1867, Alaska was purchased in what was called “Seward's Folly.” The United States purchased the land from Russia for $7.2 million upon Secretary of State William Seward's advice. Even though many saw it as folly at the time, it was truly an amazing investment in that it provided America with gold and oil while increasing the size of the United States drastically and removing Russian influence from the North American continent. In 1868, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson for dismissing his Secretary of War Stanton against the order of the Tenure of Office Act which had passed in 1867. He became the first president to be impeached while in office.

Presidential Years: 1865-1869

Corner of 6th St. & St. Joseph St.