Death | Andrew Mourns| Retaliation
Nashville Mourns | Obituaries
| Her Memory Honored
Jackson died a month after Andrew Jackson was elected President.
What should have been a time of celebration became a time of mourning.
Cause of Death
It has been suggested that Rachel died due to a massive heart attack
caused by the stresses from the dirty campaign of 1828 and by her
heightened anxiety over the imminent move to Washington. However,
the true cause of Rachel's death is not
Andrew's response to Rachel's death
was one of shock, devastation, and perpetual mourning. He believed
adamantly that his political enemies had precipitated her death.
Once he took office, he sought retaliation
for his loss.
The public response to her death was equally overwhelming. The Nashville
community went into deep mourning. Nationally,
Mrs. Jackson's death received great attention, reported
in newspapers across the country. Yet, even in her death her
name was still slandered in some obituaries.
A Shrine to Her Memory
But her devoted husband made sure her memory
would be honored in the most grand and poetic way. He built
a shrine to her, placed it in her beloved garden, and planted weeping
willow trees around it to do all the weeping. On her tombstone are
inscribed the words he felt captured her essence and deserved to
be her lasting memory.