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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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Louisa Adams and the Jackson Ball

In 1824, James Monroe, our last Founding Father(ish) was retiring. His Cabinet was a virtual nursery for a new generation poised to take over. The Players and the Playing Field: 1824 Leading the field for the election of 1824, was … Continue reading

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The Presidential Stepping Stone

More than half our Presidents have been lawyers, at least by discipline. Whether they liked it or not, and even whether they actively “practiced law” is something else. POTUSes Reading Law In the “olden days,” one did not need a … 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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Rachel Jackson’s Inaugural Gown

  The Smithsonian Institution maintains a priceless collection of First Ladies’ inaugural gowns – at least those of the past hundred years. But if they had collected and maintained every First Lady’s inaugural gowns, the most valuable could arguably be … Continue reading

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The Jackson Inaugural Brawl

    Andrew Jackson was a 62-year old widower when he was inaugurated in 1829. Jackson’s Road to the White House: The road to the White House was a long one for Andrew Jackson.  His laborer father was killed in an … Continue reading

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The Common Touch: Presidential Style

The Common Touch, like Common Sense, is anything but Common.  The Elusive Quality of the Common Touch The Common Touch is one of those rare qualities that must be inborn, natural and absolutely sincere.  It can sometimes be affected, but … Continue reading

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