December 11, 1857
Andrew Johnson Writes His “Humble History” in Two Pages
In this short sketch of his public career, Johnson recounts his various elective offices, suggests additional published sources of his “humble history," and apologizes for the “imperfect scrawl” which he writes with great difficulty (this because his arm had been badly broken that very same year).
Johnson, like Lincoln before him, was of the humblest origin and lacked all formal education. His succession to the presidency meant that, for the only time in American history, one poor and self-educated president followed another.
Autograph Letter Signed, as Senator, 2 pages, recto and verso, octavo, Washington, December 11, 1857. To T.H. Herbert.