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Overton's "Official Timeline"
Judge John Overton prepared and published a statement in 1827, when
Jackson was a candidate for President and accusations against he
and Rachel were publicized across the nation. Overton's timeline
of events was used to defend Andrew and Rachel against accusations
of adultery. According to James Parton, Jackson's first official
biographer in 1861, "a gentleman of high consideration (Major
William B. Lewis of Nashville), who also worked for the Jackson
campaign, spent months investigating this single affair, and accumulated
a mass of evidence in support of this version."
Remini's Revised Timeline
Almost 150 years after the publication of Judge Overton's narrative,
Robert Remini offered a different
sequence of events. According to Robert Remini, Judge Overton's
dates appear to be off by one year. [Remini's in-depth analysis
James Parton, The Life of Andrew Jackson, Volume
III (New York: Mason Brothers, 1861).
quote [graphic]: The Hermitage [website], accessed 21 August 2001;
available from http://www.thehermitage.com/marriage.htm; Internet