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whose devotion to his wife had been remarkable, never stopped blaming
John Quincy Adams or his colleagues for his wife's death.
was customary at the time the outgoing and incoming Presidents meet
to signify a changing of the guard. Jackson refused to call on Mr.
Adams because he thought, "any man who would permit a public
journal, under his control, to assault the reputation of a respectable
female, much less the wife of his rival and competitor for first
office in the world was not entitled to the respect of any honorable
man." In turn, Adams, just as
his father had after being defeated by Thomas Jefferson, refused
to take part in his inauguration, sneaking out of Washington in
the early hours of the night.
Once Jackson took office, according to Jackson Papers scholar Sharon
Macpherson, he made sure his enemies paid for the death of Mrs.
Jackson "in the most effective way. As soon as he had the
power of the Presidency, a lot of perks that the people he held
responsible for attacking his wife were taken away. And a good many
of them found themselves before federal court."
James Parton, The Life of Andrew Jackson, Volume III (New
York: Mason Brothers, 1861).
Parton, The Life of Andrew Jackson, Volume III (New York:
Mason Brothers, 1861)
American President [website], accessed 21 August 2001;available
Public Television, Rachel and Andrew Jackson: A Love Story
(Nashville, 2001) Excerpt from Sharon Macpherson interview.