DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Andrew Jackson (aged 78)
7th president of the United States
Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the “common man” against a “corrupt aristocracy” and to preserve the Union.
DEATH: Jackson’s age and illness eventually overcame him. On June 8, 1845, he was surrounded by family and friends at his deathbed. Jackson, startled by their sobbing, said, “What is the matter with my dear children? Have I alarmed you? Oh, do not cry. Be good children and we will all meet in Heaven.” He died immediately after at the age of 78 of chronic dropsyand heart failure. According to a newspaper account from the Boon Lick Times, “[he] fainted whilst being removed from his chair to the bed … but he subsequently revived … Gen. Jackson died at the Hermitage at 6 o’clock P.M. on Sunday the 8th instant. … When the messenger finally came, the old soldier, patriot and Christian was looking out for his approach. He is gone, but his memory lives, and will continue to live.” In his will, Jackson left his entire estate to Andrew Jackson Jr. except for specifically enumerated items that were left to various friends and other family members.