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two years into their marriage, the young Jacksons, both now twenty-six,
discovered that Rachel was still technically married to her first
husband, Lewis Robards.
Divorce was still new and the procedures very different from today.
Robards had only obtained permission from the General Assembly of
Virginia (Kentucky was still a part of Virginia) but he still had
to bring the divorce to court and go through a jury trial.
one knows exactly why Robards waited so long to follow through with
a divorce. Perhaps he hoped for a reconciliation, as unlikely as
that was; perhaps he sought to share the state of Rachel's late
father; perhaps it was his way of getting revenge, of punishing
Jackson and Rachel for offending his honor and pride. 
It is also possible that he didn't clearly understand the confusing
laws and procedures of time either. Finally, in 1793, Robards obtained
his divorce when the Kentucky courts found Rachel guilty of adultery
the record, Rachel and Andrew married again in Nashville. However,
the confused circumstances of their courtship and marriage haunted
the couple for the rest of their lives. Andrew Jackson believes
the gossip and malicious rumors spread by political rivals about
the couple regarding their relationship contributed to the death
of his beloved wife.
Jackson died at the age of 61, only a month after Andrew Jackson
won the presidency in 1828. He never married again and deeply mourned
Rachel's death for the rest of his life.
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Early Hardships | Once
Together | Unconquerable Relationship
Ibid., p. 63.
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Empire, 1767-1821 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
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Osinski, Encyclopedia of Presidents, Andrew Jackson (Chicago:
Children's Press, 1987)
J. Viola, World Leaders Past and Present, Jackson (New York:
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R. Sandak, The Jacksons, First Families (New York: Crestwood
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W. Cruze, An Amiable Woman: Rachel Jackson (Nashville: The
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