Eliza McCardle Johnson & Andrew Johnson

1826 - 1875

Eliza McCardle Johnson and Andrew Johnson  


Eliza McCardle Johnson and Andrew Johnson were married for 48 years before Andrew Johnson died, leaving behind his partner and 5 children.

They had 5 children, Martha (193), Charles (191), Mary (189), Robert (187) and Andrew (169).


American First Lady Eliza McCardle Johnson was born on 4th October, 1810 in Telford, Tennessee and passed away on 15th Jan 1876 Greenville,TN aged 65. She is most remembered for First Lady of the United States and the wife of Andrew Johnson. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

American Head of State Andrew Johnson was born on 29th December, 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina and passed away on 31st Jul 1875 Elizabethton, Tennessee, U.S. aged 66. He is most remembered for 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingSep 1826 - 17th May 1827 8 months, 18 days
Married17th May 1827 - 31st Jul 1875 48 years, 2 months
Total Sep 1826 - 31st Jul 1875 48 years, 11 months

One day in September 1826, Eliza was chatting with classmates from Rhea Academy when she spotted Andrew Johnson and his family pull into town with all their belongings. They instantly took a liking to each other. Andrew Johnson, aged 18, married Eliza McCardle, aged 16, on May 17, 1827, at the home of the bride's mother in Greeneville. Mordecai Lincoln, a distant relative of Abraham Lincoln, presided over the nuptials.
At 16, Eliza Johnson married at a younger age than any other First Lady. She was rather tall and had hazel eyes, brown hair and a good figure. She was better educated than Johnson, who by this time had barely taught himself to read and spell a little. Johnson credited his wife for teaching him to do arithmetic and to write, as he had never attended school. She tutored him patiently, while he labored in his tailor shop. She often read aloud to him.
The Johnsons had three sons and two daughters, all born in Greeneville:
Martha Johnson (1828–1901). She married David T. Patterson, who after the Civil War served as U.S. Senator from Tennessee. She served as official White House hostess in place of her mother. The Pattersons maintained a farm outside Greeneville.
Charles Johnson (1830–1863) - doctor, pharmacist. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he remained loyal to the Union. While recruiting Tennessee boys for the Union Army, he became the object of an intense Confederate manhunt. He joined the Middle Tennessee Union Infantry as an assistant surgeon; he was thrown from his horse and killed.
Mary Johnson (1832–1883). She married Dan Stover, who served as colonel of the Fourth Tennessee Union Infantry during the Civil War. The Stovers lived on a farm in Carter County, Tennessee. Following the death of her husband in 1864, she married W.R. Brown.
Robert Johnson (1834–1869) - lawyer and politician. He served for a time in the Tennessee state legislature. During the Civil War, he was commissioned colonel of the First Tennessee Union Cavalry. He was private secretary to his father during his tenure as president. He became alcoholic and committed suicide at age 35.
Andrew Johnson, Jr. (1852–1879) - journalist. He founded the weekly Greeneville Intelligencer, but it failed after two years. He died soon thereafter at age 27.

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Relationship Timeline

July, 1875 - Breakup

1852 - Child

1834 - Child

1832 - Child

1830 - Child

1828 - Child

17th May, 1827 - Marriage

September, 1826 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Eliza McCardle Johnson
Andrew Johnson
Eliza McCardle Johnson
Andrew Johnson
Age (at start of relationship)
First Lady
Head of State
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Brown - Light


MarthaFemale1828193 years old
CharlesMale1830191 years old
MaryFemale1832189 years old
RobertMale1834187 years old
AndrewMale1852169 years old




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