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|Am reading a fascinating book by Howard Means titled "The Avenger Takes His Place...Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation". Many have asked how it was that Lincoln chose Andrew Johnson as Vice President in 1864 and how dreaded the choice turned out to be, given the events at Ford's Theater. Well, it was Dan Sickles who Lincoln chose to vet Andrew Johnson to be Lincoln's choice. Apparently, (p. 83) Sickles travelled to Nashville in the spring of 1864, interviewed Johnson, and returned to Lincoln saying he found nothing particularly wrong with Andrew Johnson.