• Broadside Records Death of Former President Andrew Jackson

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    [Andrew Jackson] General Order announcing the death of former President Jackson, printed eight days after his death.  One page, 8 x 10, Washington, June 16, 1845, signed in type by George Bancroft, the acting Secretary of War. Nicely presented and printed in black on fine quality paper, which contains some docketing on the verso.  In very small part, “The President of the United States, with heartfelt sorrow, announces to the Army, the Navy, and the Marine Corps, the death of Andrew Jackson...The power of his mind impressed itself on the policy of his country, and still lives, and will live forever, in the memory of its people...”

     

    Minor toning and some mounting remnants on the verso. Trivial chip to upper right corner.

     

    In 1837, after serving two terms as president, Jackson was replaced by his chosen successor Martin Van Buren and retired to the Hermitage. Although he suffered ill health, Jackson remained highly influential in both national and state politics. He was a firm advocate of the federal union of the states and rejected any talk of secession. Blamed for causing the Panic of 1837, he was unpopular in his early retirement.  The cause of death was lead poisoning caused by two bullets that had remained in his chest for several years. Jackson participated in more than 100 duels over his lifetime. Often these run-ins were caused by talk about Jackson’s wife, Rachel, who had previously been with an abusive husband. He was seriously injured several times in these duels. In one, Jackson was shot in the chest. He continued the duel, however, and killed his opponent.

     

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