Biography and History

Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, was born in the backwoods settlement of the Waxhaw in South Carolina. He received a sporadic education, lost all his family by the time he was fourteen, and moved to Charleston, S.C., where he learned to race horses and also learned the manners of "gentlemen." He studied law and became an outstanding young lawyer in Tennessee. Jackson prospered sufficiently to buy slaves and to build a mansion, the Hermitage, near Nashville. A major general in the War of 1812, Jackson became a national hero when he defeated the British at New Orleans. By 1828 enough political factions had joined him to win numerous state elections and control of the Federal administration in Washington. He was elected to the presidency in 1829 and served till 1837. More than most of his predecessors, Andrew Jackson was elected by popular vote. As president he sought to act as the direct representative of the common man. He died at the Hermitage on June 8, 1845.

Source: From the finding aid for C1092

  • Edward Livingston Papers. 1683-1877 (inclusive), 1764-1836 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0280

    The Edward Livingston Papers document the career of American lawyer, diplomat, statesman, and legal theorist Edward Livingston. The collection also contains domestic, financial, and property records of some three dozen others, mostly members of the Livingston/Beekman branch of the Hudson River Valley Livingstons and the Montgomery, Davezac, Barton, and Hunt families; the family surveyor/agent John Cox, Jr.; and an Albany-area merchant Benjamin French, whose forfeited estate ended up in Edward Livingston's hands for debt collection.

  • Andrew Jackson Collection. 1821-1841 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1092

    Consists of selected correspondence and documents of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, the bulk of which dates from the time of his presidency (1829-1837).

  • Stephen Simpson Letters to His Wife. 1813-1829 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1239

    Consists of a group of fifteen letters by Philadelphian Stephen Simpson, who enlisted in the War of 1812 and distinguished himself at the battle of New Orleans in 1815. The letters were sent from different cities where Simpson was stationed to his wife, Mary, who was living in Philadelphia in his father's house.