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Volume 24, Number 9 — September 2017

Dramatic Portrayal of Pres. Andrew Johnson presented

Many observers said Daniel Luther looked surprisingly like Andrew Johnson, the 17th president who was noted for his oratorical ability.
Many observers said Daniel Luther looked surprisingly like Andrew Johnson, the 17th president who was noted for his oratorical ability.

December 02, 2007

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Johnson, the nation's 17th president, "spoke" at the 35th annual Greene County Heritage Trust Early American Christmas Dinner.

Johnson was portrayed by Daniel Luther whose remarks were actually "a compilation" of Johnson's own words, Luther said afterward. Luther spent the last year researching and writing his monologue, "Tailor from Tennessee," compiled from Johnson's speeches and letters. The one-man-show was conceived and directed by James-Ben Stockton.

Among the primary sources for the Christmas section presented recently were Johnson's January 1864 speech on "Restoration of Tennessee State Government;" his comments upon taking the presidential oath of office, April 15,1865; and an interview with a "Cincinnati Observer" reporter during Johnson's 1868 impeachment proceedings.

Luther said the project was inspired by his four years as a Main Street Downtown Historical Tour guide — a partnership between Main Street, Greeneville and the NPS, his love of history and his enjoyment portraying historical personalities.

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