re: #326 HappyWarrior
Indeed, Andrew Johnson was a resident of Tennessee (born in NC). He survived being assassinated along with Lincoln when the guy who was supposed to kill him at Johnson’s hotel chickened out and got drunk instead. Seward’s assassin damn near killed him, so we tend to overlook how narrowly we avoided a true coup d’etat with the killing of the president, vice president and secretary of state. In that case, Connecticut Sen. Lafayette Foster (pro tempore) would have become acting president until a special election was held to install a new president in March of 1866.