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Andrew Johnson

Dátum narodenia: 29. december 1808
Dátum úmrtia: 31. júl 1875

Andrew Johnson bol 16. viceprezident a 17. prezident Spojených štátov. Ujal sa funkcie prezidenta po atentáte na prezidenta Abrahama Lincolna.

„There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves.“

—  Andrew Johnson

Statement (1853) as quoted in Andrew Johnson, Plebeian and Patriot (1928) by Robert Watson Winston.
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Kontext: There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves. To all who entertain such fears I will most respectfully say that I entertain none... If a man is not capable, and is not to be trusted with the government of himself, is he to be trusted with the government of others... Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man — for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs.

„Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.“

—  Andrew Johnson

As quoted in Presidential Government in the United States: The Unwritten Constitution (1947) by Caleb Perry Patterson. <!-- p. 122 -->
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Kontext: Your President is now the Tribune of the people, and, thank God, I am, and intend to assert the power which the people have placed in me... Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one.

„Certainly the Government of the United States is a limited government, and so is every State government a limited government.“

—  Andrew Johnson

Quote, First State of the Union Address (1865)
Kontext: Certainly the Government of the United States is a limited government, and so is every State government a limited government. With us this idea of limitation spreads through every form of administration — general, State, and municipal — and rests on the great distinguishing principle of the recognition of the rights of man. The ancient republics absorbed the individual in the state — prescribed his religion and controlled his activity. The American system rests on the assertion of the equal right of every man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to freedom of conscience, to the culture and exercise of all his faculties. As a consequence the State government is limited — as to the General Government in the interest of union, as to the individual citizen in the interest of freedom.

„Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom.“

—  Andrew Johnson

Quote, First State of the Union Address (1865)
Kontext: Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble. We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men," special privileges to none.

„No, gentlemen, if I am to be shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet.“

—  Andrew Johnson

As military governor of Tennessee, asserting that he would walk alone, to friends who offered to escort him to the statehouse, after postings of a placard saying he should be "shot on sight." (c.1862); as quoted in Andrew Johnson, President of the United States: His Life and Speeches (1866) by Lillian Foster.
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„This is your country as well as anybody else's country. This country is founded upon the principle of equality. He that is meritorious and virtuous, intellectual and well informed, must stand highest, without regard to color.“

—  Andrew Johnson

To Union soldiers (1865), as quoted in Andrew Johnson: A Profile http://web.archive.org/web/20110316175449/http://home.nas.com/lopresti/ps17.htm (1969), "Johnson and the Negro", by Lawanda Cox and John H. Cox; edited by Eric L. McKitrick, Hill & Wang, New York pp. 141.
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„Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor.“

—  Andrew Johnson

Remark made by Johnson as military Governor of Tennessee, as quoted in A Reveiw of the Political Conflict in America (1876) by Alexander Harris, A Review of the Political Conflict in America http://books.google.com/books?id=SSJCAAAAIAAJ&pg=RA3-PA430&lpg=RA3-PA430&dq=%22Whenever+you+hear+a+man+prating+about+the+constitution,+spot+him+as+a+traitor.%22&source=bl&ots=qaAT3IyIjL&sig=BUycxkmzVIjpEmfNI5s_FxcjlvE&hl=en&ei=S_evS5jJO8H-8Abe5KSABw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CBMQ6AEwBA, p. 430.
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„It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.“

—  Andrew Johnson

More commonly misattributed to Andrew Jackson, the originator of this line is actually unknown.
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„Mr. Jefferson meant the white race.“

—  Andrew Johnson

Regarding the statement in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal."
"Speech on Harper's Ferry Incident", 12 December 1859; as printed in The papers of Andrew Johnson, Vol. 3: 1858-1860 (1972), ed. LeRoy P. Graf and Ralph W. Haskins, p. 320.
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„There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws.“

—  Andrew Johnson

Statement (1835), as quoted in Andrew Johnson, Plebeian and Patriot (1928) by Robert Watson Winston.
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