Golden Nuggets from U. S. History
The Blue Quill Series
Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel to protect his wife's honor.
He was born 1767 in a backwoods settlement near Waxhaw, North Carolina, near the South Carolina border. A verbal war rages today over which can claim his birthplace. Each state maintains a shrine only a couple of miles apart and each state claims it's site as the true birthplace.
Jackson read law for two years in his late teens and moved to Tennessee where he became an outstanding young lawyer.
His wife, Rachel had lived in the Kentucky territory with her first husband but after a short time realized the marriage could not last. Her husband assured her that he would obtain a divorce and she left for Tennessee where she met and married Jackson. A few years later they learned that the divorce had not taken place and in fact, her first husband then sued for divorce using adultery as his complaint. After the divorce was granted the Jackson's had a second wedding.
The scandal was the basis of gossip for the rest of their lives. Fiercely jealous of personal and family honor, Jackson killed a man in a duel who had insulted his wife by discussing the matter in public.
He was the first man from Tennessee to be elected to the House of Representatives and later served in the U.S. Senate.
A Major General in War of 1812, he became a national hero by defeating the British at New Orleans.
He served two terms as President: 1829-1837.
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