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Page2 POST-GAZETTE; JULY 12, 291.3 t by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Liberty Mutual Insurance Expands Home Office in Boston with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Building to Help Accommodate 600 New, Full-Time Liberty Mutual Insurance Employees Based in Expanded Boston Offices ANDREW JOHNSON : : o. DATE OF BIRTH: December 29, 1808 PLACE OF BIRTH: Raleigh, NC DATE OF DEATH: July 31, 1875 PLACE OF DEATH: Elizabethton, TN SPOUSE: Eliza McCardle Johnson PRESIDENT: April 15, 1865 - March 4, 1869 When Lincoln was shot, that act set the stage, For Andrew Johnson to take over and help calm the rage; He moved very quickly in spite of great grief, In the interest of unity, encouraged relief, Disbanded most of the Army, revoked our blockade, And to hasten recovery he restored southern trade; Reorganized politics in the Confederate States, Shipped all of the prisoners back to their mates. His concern for the common people was fact, Public lands were scooped up through his first Homestead Act; One major blunder, that they censured him for, Was his illegal removal of the Secretary of War. Eliza McCardle, from Leesburg, Tennessee, Was sixteen when she met her husband to be; When Andy arrived, a tailor was he, Took one look at Liza and said "Will you marry me." She agreed to the marriage, but then to her fright, Found that her husband could not read or write; She taught him these skills during the next several years, His appointment as President was then cause for great cheers. They say that some guests at the White House made faces, Liza said "We're plain people not used to high places;" When it came to talent, she was a gal with the mostess, But her daughters took turns as the new White House Hostess. " n Federal Trade Commlss,o Call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or log on to www.ftc.gov. Liberty Mutual Insurance Chairman and CEO David Long was joined by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Massachusetts Secre- tary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki and other state and city elected officials, neighborhood representa- tives and members of the construction trades at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the company's new 22-story, 590,000 square-foot office building at 157 Berkeley Street in Boston on Friday, June 28t~. Liberty Mutual broke ground on the $300 million expansion project in October 2010 -- creating 500 construction jobs in less than three years. The building will help ac- commodate more than 600 new, full-time Liberty Mutual Insurance employees at the expanded Boston offices. Over the next 20 years, the building will generate more than $70 million in new real estate tax revenue for the City of Boston. "We are excited to celebrate our growth and investment in the economic future of the city we have been proud to call home for more than 100 years," said Liberty Mutual's Mr. Long. "We are grateful for the support of Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick and their staffs, who helped make this project possible." Mayor Thomas M. Menino said: "When we created this partnership with Liberty Mu- tual it was a crucial time in Boston's eco- nomic history. Liberty Mutual's new $300 million building was a catalyst for the city's resurgence from the Great Recession, put- ting 500 construction workers back on the job, and giving hope with the creation of 600 new permanent jobs for a robust future." Housing and Economic Development Sec- retary Greg Bialecki said: "Liberty Mutual is an anchor of the Commonwealth's financial services industry, one of the cornerstones of our economy. This project has not only cre- ated jobs and new revenue, it has helped keep and expand one Of our core companies here in Massachusetts." The building, designed to be 20 percent more energy efficient than a typical large modern office building, features energy effi- cient fixtures, groundwater recharge tanks and a green roof that maintains the indoor temperature through improved insulation. CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares of Boston designed the building, Colliers International served as the project development manager and Turner Construction Company managed the constrUction. About Liberty Mutual Insurance "Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mu- tual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct pre- miums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2012 revenue. As of December 31, 2012, Liberty Mutual Insurance had $120.1 billion in consolidated assets, $101.5 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $36.9 billion in annual consolidated revenue. Liberty Mutual Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, property, commer- cial automobile, general liability, global specialty, group disability, group life, reinsurance, surety, individual life and annuity products. Liberty Mutual Insurance (www.libertymutualinsurance.com) employs over 50,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)