Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was born in poverty in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father died when he was three-years-old and his mother was the sole breadwinner for the family. At the age of 10, Andrew and his older brother became apprentices at a tailor shop. Because of this, Johnson had no formal schooling. He only learned rudimentary skills including the alphabet as well as a little reading.
When he was 18-years-old, Andrew met and married 16-year-old Eliza McCardle. Eliza was better educated and soon began to teach him how to write and do arithmetic. She commonly came into the tailor shop, where he was working, and would read to him.