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First Ladies: Eliza Johnson

Washington, DC
Monday, April 29, 2013

This week on "First Ladies: Image & Influence," we explore the life and times of First Lady Eliza Johnson. Married at 16 to Andrew Johnson, they built a life together in Tennessee and were ardent supporters of the Union. At the outbreak of the Civil War, they were branded traitors in their home state -- their home was confiscated and their lives were put in danger.

By the time she reached the White House, tuberculosis rendered her weak, but the room on the second floor that she chose to live in was directly across the hall from her husband's office. From this perch she met with him daily, and while she appeared infrequently in public, her usefulness to him behind the scenes, especially during his impeachment trial, and her ability to run the home, are important parts of her story.

Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 10:28am (ET)

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