President Johnson’s Heritage to be Commemorated by Direct Descendents

May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

For More Information Contact:
Brandon Wright,
Director of Communications

President_Andrew_JohnsonRALEIGH, N.C. – Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 – July 31, 1875) was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became President as Abraham Lincoln’s Vice President at the time of Lincoln’s assassination. On Friday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m., on the East Lawn of the Capitol Building, Johnson’s maternal great, great, great granddaughter, Corrinne Null, of Bedford, N.H., and her daughter Emily, will lay a wreath at the Presidents North Carolina Gave the Nation Statue. 

This ceremony, a tribute to their North Carolina and national heritage, as well as a loving gesture to their own family, is taking place as part of their weekend visit to the state’s capital. The Null’s trip to Raleigh will mark the first time a member of the Johnson family has visited the state since the President, himself, visited his father’s grave in 1867. The visit by President Johnson’s relatives is made possible by Historic Oakwood Cemetery and the North Carolina Bankers Association.

Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 29, 1808, to Jacob Johnson (1778–1812) and Mary (“Polly”) McDonough (1783–1856), a laundress. He had a brother, William, four years his elder, and an older sister Elizabeth, who died in childhood. Being born in a log cabin was a political asset in the 19th century. In the years to come, Johnson would not hesitate to remind voters of his humble birth in a kitchen located near the Capitol Building. That structure is preserved on the Mordecai Historic site. Jacob Johnson was a poor man, as was his father, William, but became town constable of Raleigh before marrying and starting a family. He died of an apparent heart attack while ringing the town bell, shortly after rescuing three drowning men when Andrew was three years of age.

Media Note: If you would like to arrange an interview with Corrine and Emily Null, please contact Brandon Wright (listed at the top of this release.) We urge your consideration of a photograph of the wreath laying ceremony.


About the North Carolina Bankers Association
The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1805. Look for a current listing at

About Historic Oakwood
Almost 150 years ago, the citizen’s of Raleigh envisioned this property in the “suburbs” of downtown as a final resting place for our Confederate dead. Today, Historic Oakwood Cemetery’s 102 acres are a beautiful, noble resting place, providing permanent memorialization for the departed, and a source of serenity for visitors. Families come here to remember a loved one, to pay respect to an ancestor they never met, to learn about their community, and to leave with a connection to their past.