Andrew Jackson

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  • ''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.
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  • ''Although I could lament in the language and feelings of David for Absalom, I am constrained to say, peace to his manes. Let us weep for the living, and not for the dead.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, April 29, 1833, to William B. Lewis, V, 66. Jackson's reply on learning of the death of his friend Judge John Overton.
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  • ''This spirit of mob-law is becoming as great an evil as a servile war.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, August 9, 1835, to Amos Kendall, V, 360. The Charleston post office had been attacked by a mob protesting the delivery there of abolitionist literature.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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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  • ''I am fearful that the paper system ... will ruin the state. Its demoralizing effects are already seen and spoken of everywhere ... I therefore protest against receiving any of that trash.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, September 3, 1821, to Captain John Donelson, III, 117.
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  • ''The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key ... and bolt the door at once.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, [1844], to Francis P. Blair, Jackson Papers, Library of Congress.
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  • ''The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, August 19, 1841, to William B. Lewis, Jackson-Lewis Papers, New York Public Library.
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  • ''The hydra of corruption is only scotched, not dead. An investigation kills and it and its supporters dead. Let this be had.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Letter, December 16, 1832, to Congressman James K. Polk, following Jackson's reelection as president. Jackson is referring to the Bank of the United States.
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  • ''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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