Category Archives: Andrew Jackson

Martin Van Buren: The Irony of 1840

8th POTUS Martin Van Buren is vaguely remembered today, but…. MVB: A Man of Firsts …he holds a few interesting distinctions. Born in 1782, he was the first President who was not born a British subject. He was the only … Continue reading

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The Monroe Plateau

…Arguably the second oldest permanent possession of the White House… The Return of the White House Shortly after Dolley Madison “rescued” the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington (the oldest possession)  in 1814, British soldiers torched the White House, as … Continue reading

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The Assassination Attempt on Andrew Jackson

Political assassination has been around since Biblical times, if not longer. Andrew Jackson: Public Figure Andrew Jackson had been in the public eye since he was in his early twenties. As a Tennessee lawyer, planter, speculator, horseracer, duelist and legislator, … Continue reading

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The Jackson-Hayes-Clinton Connection

Losing a father as a boy is not unusual. Losing a father before you are born is VERY unusual. Posthumous Children Posthumous children, those whose fathers die before the child is born is rare – even in an age when … Continue reading

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The Horrible Health of Andrew Jackson

How Andrew Jackson managed to live to be seventy-eight is a wonderment, considering his dreadful health. AJ: The Young Frontier Boy Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was a posthumous boy; his father died only weeks before Andy was born. Raised in the … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson Introduces the Polks

James Knox Polk and his wife, Sarah Childress, had a match made by none other than General Andrew Jackson himself. James K. Polk: Young Attorney James Knox Polk (1795-1849) was North Carolina born, but Tennessee raised and matured. An unimposing … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson and The Peggy Eaton Affair

Andrew Jackson came to Washington wearing a mourning band. His beloved wife Rachel had died only weeks before his inauguration in 1829. Jackson believed his sixty-one-year old wife was killed by the poisoned arrow of slander and calumny. (That she … Continue reading

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