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    [Andrew Johnson]: Drunk at the 1865 Inauguration.
    Ever since the 2nd Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1865 there have been rumors that incoming Vice President Andrew Johnson was drunk while sitting on the platform on the east side of the Capitol Building as Lincoln gave his inaugural address. Alexander Gardner took photographs of Lincoln giving his speech, and in one Andrew Johnson is seen holding a hat over his face. Was he just hot, or had he indulged in a few alcoholic beverages before the ceremony. He also, during an attempt to perform his duties of swearing in new Senators, was said to become disoriented and had to be removed from performing that task. The writer of this letter seems to think the Vice President was under the influence. The letter, 1p., March 6, 1865, Ordnance Office, War Department, Washington, March 6, 1865, reads in part: ...."The Inauguration has got over and Andrew Johnson has got sober - he was disgracefully Drunk on Saturday as you can see by his speech....". The letter is signed "Isaac". This letter came out of a Connecticut Civil War collection, so the writer could have been Isaac Arnold from Connecticut, who was an Officer in the Ordnance Dept. An interesting letter, with only Andrew Johnson knowing the "Absolut" truth.


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