Which President Tailored His Own Suits?


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Andrew Johnson was a tailor before he became president of the United States, and he continued making suits for himself even after he took office. Johnson served as the 17th president and began his term in 1865.

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Which President Tailored His Own Suits?
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Not only was Johnson a rare example of a U.S. president who did skilled labor before being elected, but he is also said to be the only president who never attended school. He was taught to read and write as an adult. Johnson's skilled labor past led people to call him "The Tennessee Tailor" in reference both to where he came from and what he did before he was a professional politician.

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