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Andrew Johnson letter, 1852
In 1852, Andrew Johnson represented Tennessee's 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives; in 1854, he would become the state's governor. From Washington, D.C., he corresponded with his friend Sam Milligan, a Tennessee lawyer whom Johnson would later appoint to a seat on the U.S. Court of Claims.
In his letter from "Washington City," Johnson discusses a politician with ties to both Tennessee and Texas. In 1852, U.S. Sen. Sam Houston of Texas previously had served not only as Tennessee's governor, but also as the first and third president of the Republic of Texas. In Johnson's analysis, Sam Houston is a candidate strong enough to defeat to defeat Gen. Winfield Scott, the Whig Party's candidate for U.S. president. "Sam Houston is the strong man for the democracy to run if he could be nominated . . . . Have the delegates from that district instructed to support Houston."
The five-page Andrew Johnson letter, dated January 31, 1852, is sent from future Vice President and President Andrew Johnson to his longtime confidant Sam Milligan. The subject of the letter is the political climate in Texas and Johnson's support of Sam Houston, then a United States senator from Texas.
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Andrew Johnson Letter, 1852, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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