Death of Andrew Johnson
1874 Andrew Johnson was elected to the U.S.
Senate, the same body that had tried to remove
him from the presidency six years earlier. He did
not get to relish his victory for long, however,
as he died at the home of his daughter in Carter
Station, Tennessee, on July 31, 1975.
1852 Andrew Johnson bought a parcel of land in
Greeneville, Tennessee, that afforded superb and
unpopulated views of the mountains in the
distance. According to family tradition, he
enjoyed coming to the spot for peace and
meditation. Because of its height, it was used
during the Civil War for signaling, and it became
known as "Signal Hill."
It was Johnson's request that he buried atop
Signal Hill, and he was, on August 3, 1875. His
widow Eliza joined him there on January 15, 1876.
The family erected a 26-foot-tall obelisk over
Andrew and Eliza Johnson's grave in 1878, after
which "Signal Hill" became known as
During the monument dedication ceremony,
recognition was given to two of Johnson's sons,
Charles and Robert, both of whom had preceded
their father in death and had been buried
elsewhere. Both were reinterred and now rest near
their father. Andrew Johnson, Jr., the only
Johnson son to marry, died four years after his
mother and was buried with his parents and
brothers. The two Johnson daughters, Martha and
Mary, are buried in the family plot as well, as
are some of their descendants.
The cemetery was owned by the Johnson Family
until 1906, at which time it became a National
Cemetery under the jurisdiction of the War
Department. The first veteran burial took place
in 1908, and by 1939 there were 100 graves. The
National Park Service took jurisdiction over the
cemetery in 1942, and the Andrew Johnson National
Cemetery is now one of only two active national
cemeteries within the National Park Service.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
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