Lead: "We are a plain people from the mountains of Tennessee." So said the daughter of Eliza Johnson, wife of the seventeenth President of United States.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the summer of 1865, following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln when her husband was leading the nation in mourning and the refreshing adjustment to peacetime pursuits, Eliza Johnson arrived in Washington with a load of relatives: daughter Mary Patterson and her husband and three children, daughter Mary Stover and her two children. The White House resounded once again to the youthful shouts of grandchildren. The First Lady found a small second floor room across from her husband's office, established herself there and, rarely left that sanctuary, filled her time knitting, sewing, reading, but most of all entertaining her grandchildren.

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