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Quotations From ANDREW JACKSON

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  • 21.
    I carried $5000 when I went to Washington. I returned with barely $90 in our [sic] pockets.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, endorsing a letter from Reverend A.D. Campbell, March 15, 1837, V, 465.
  • 22.
    It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Veto of the Second National Bank, July 10, 1832. Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. II, ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908).
  • 23.
    We must regain Texas, peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, February 9, 1843, to Aaron V. Brown, VI, 201-202.
  • 24.
    Nullification ... means insurrection and war; and the other states have a right to put it down.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, December 2, 1832, to Joel Poinsett, Poinsett Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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  • 25.
    I would sincerely regret, and which never shall happen whilst I am in office, a military guard around the President.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, May 12, 1833, to [Martin] Van Buren. Jackson had been assaulted by a former naval officer whom he had had dismissed for theft.
  • 26.
    In a country where offices are created solely for the benefit of the people no one man has any more intrinsic right to official station than another.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. First message to Congress, December 8, 1829. Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. II, pp. 1011-1012, ed. J.D. Richardson, Washington (1908).

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  • 27.
    Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men—and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, June 29, 1828, to James Hamilton, Jr., III, 412.

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  • 28.
    The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, December 28, 1841, to William B. Lewis, Jackson-Lewis Papers, New York Public Library.

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  • 29.
    I not only rejoice, but congratulate my beloved country Texas is reannexed, and the safety, prosperity, and the greatest interest of the whole Union is secured by this ... great and important national act.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, March 10, 1845, to Francis P. Blair, Jackson Papers, Library of Congress.
  • 30.
    From his proceedings in Congress, he appears demented, and his actings and doings inspire my pity more than anger.
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, January 23, 1838, to Martin Van Buren, Van Buren Papers, Library of Congress. About John Quincy Adams.

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