|Subject:||Andrew Johnson Former President Dies 1875|
|Post Date:||January 04, 2006 at 19:28:01|
|Forum:||Johnson Family Genealogy Forum|
THE DEATH OF EX PRESIDENT JOHNOSN--July 31, 1875
A special telegram from Greenville ,Tennessee ,July 31 to the Chicago Times gives the following particulars of the death of Senator and ex President Johnson. Ex-president Andrew Johnson expired at the residence of his daughter Mrs. William R. Brown, formerly Mrs. Stover, at half past two this morning, of paralysis and heart disease: combined, super induced by a low state to the system and over exertion as is supposed. Mr. Johnson left Greenville on Wednesday morning at 6 o’Clock. For a visit to his wife and daughter. Mrs. Brown was at the home of the latter. Which is some seven and one-half miles northwest of Carter’s Station in Carter County., this state apparently in good health and spirits. He rode from Carter’s to the farm house in an open carriage, and was apparently much fatigued with the ride. Which was over a very rough piece of road and complained also of being excessive thirst. Aside from the fatigue , however , he seemed in unusual good spirits and spent the day in visiting with the family and looking about the farm. About four o’clock having come from a short walk ,while sitting in his chair laughing and chatting with his daughter and grandchildren, he suddenly fell from his chair to the floor. Speechless and apparently in great pain. There were no persons in the house at this time except Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Brown and her three children. Mr. Johnson soon rallied somewhat and being helped to a couch, regained his speech and requested no physician be sent for , as it was but trifling matter. No physician in fact was called in until the next day in the afternoon, when Dr. Jobe a country physician, was sent for, who applied vigorous treatment of counter-irritation and administered an emetic. As ad result seemed easier but the symptoms continuing of a serious character, the relatives at Greenville, comprising of his son, Andrew Johnson, Jr., and Mrs. Judge Patterson and her children were sent for by messenger and requested to bring with them Drs. Broyles, and Taylor physicians of Greenville, the former Mr. Johnson’s family physician for many years. They arrived at the farm house on Friday at 6 o’clock , only to discover that the illustrious patient was already past help and in a totally unconscious state, having lost the power of speech and sinking very rapidly. During the day Mr. Johnson had rallied at intervals and conversed briefly of family matters , not however as a man conscious of approaching dissolution. The last act of consciousness apparent was in answer to a question from Dr. Jobe concerning the breaking of an arm, some years ago by an accident, and a request to know what arm it was. Mr Johnson raised his right arm slightly in response, and this was the final act of consciousness evidenced and from this time , about six o’clock Friday evening up to the hour of his death he gave no token of sensibility. The only persons present at the time of his death were his wife, his son Andrew, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Brown’s three children, of the relatives; together with Drs.Jobe, Broyles and Taylor. Maj. Pettibone Assistant United states District Attorney for East Tennessee, who is fellow townsman of Mr. Johnson, tell me that Mr. Johnson last Sunday had a conversation with him concerning his health. during which he stated that since his recovery from a severe attack of cholera two years ago , he had never fully recovered the use of his lower limbs, from the knees down, obey the behests of his will, often stumbling in walking and some two weeks ago in fact having fallen and bruised his side and face considerably . Aside from this fact, however , the Major states he declared himself in excellent health. Mr. Johnson would have been sixty-seven years of age the 19th of December next ,had he lived. He was of a very robust habit , a tremendous worker and bade fair to live for twenty years more apparently, although Dr. Taylor states he had looked for a breakdown in health at any time. Mr. Johnson’s son immediately started for the station, after the death of his father and took the train for Bristol and telegraphed from thence the news to this place, there being no telegraph at Carter’s. The news burst like a thunder-clap form clear sky down on his fellow men.
Another article has above information plus… Es. President Andrew Johnson died July 31st . The announcement of his death cause profound sorrow throughout his sate and other sections of the country. The news was conveyed to President Grant at Long Branch on the afternoon of July 31st and he was deeply affected by the information. An executive Order was immediately issued that the
Executive Mansion and the several departments in Washington should be draped in mourning until the
Close of the day designated for the funeral of the ex-president and that all public business should be suspended on that day. The War and Navy Department were also instructed to pay suitable honors to the memory of the deceased Andrew Johnson once President of the United States. Information --I am not related. Probably a former presidents genealogy is well known. He died like any ordinary person. ann