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Collection Andrew Jackson Papers

Later Life: 1837-1845

A timeline of the last years of Andrew Jackson.

  • 1837 Mar. 25

    Arrives home at the Hermitage.

    Clark Mills’s equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. Photograph by Carol Highsmith. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. LC-DIG-highsm-15962.
  • 1837 May

    Economic Panic of 1837 begins.

  • 1838

    Cherokee forced removal begins.

  • 1838 July

    Joins Presbyterian church.

  • 1839

    Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot are assassinated.

  • 1839

    James K. Polk is inaugurated as governor of Tennessee.

  • 1840 Jan. 8

    Battle of New Orleans 25th anniversary celebration.

  • 1840 Nov.

    Van Buren defeated for re-election by Whig candidate William Henry Harrison.

  • 1841 Jan. 15

    Andrew Jackson Hutchings dies.

  • 1841 Apr. 4

    William Henry Harrison dies; John Tyler become President of the U.S.

  • 1842

    Second Seminole War ends.

  • 1842 Apr. 25

    Van Buren visits the Hermitage.

  • 1842 May 23

    Jackson receives loan from Francis P. Blair.

  • 1842 Oct.

    Jackson is injured in a carriage accident.

  • 1842-1843

    Amos Kendall plans biography of Jackson.

    Andrew Jackson, head-and-shoulders portrait. Edward Anthony, photographer, Mathew B. Brady studio, c. 1840s. Copy daguerreotype. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. . LC-DIG-ppmsca-32640
  • 1844 Nov.

    Democrat James K. Polk elected President of the U.S., defeating Henry Clay. The annexation of Texas is a hotly debated issue.

  • 1845

    Florida and Texas become states.

  • 1845 Jan. 30

    Jackson confers with Polk at the Hermitage regarding selections for his cabinet.

  • 1845 May 20

    Expresses wishes that his papers be given to Francis P. Blair for safe keeping.

    Death of Genl. Andrew Jackson: President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Lithograph. N.Y.: N. Currier, 1845. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. LC-USZC2-2239.
  • 1845 June 8

    Dies at the Hermitage, at the age of 78. His personal papers are in the hands of Andrew Jackson, Jr., at the Hermitage, and Amos Kendall, who has selected documentation for purposes of preparing a serial biography. The bulk of these papers will be transferred to Francis P. Blair in Maryland between 1845 and 1849.

  • 1845 June 10

    Buried in the Hermitage garden.

    Tomb of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville, Tennessee. Photograph, 1908. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. LC-USZ62-101096.
    The Hermitage, Jackson’s tomb, and Andrew J. Donelson’s residence 12 miles from Nashville, Tennessee. March 29th, 1856. Lithograph, N.Y.: Endicott & Co. Copyright S. B. Jones & Co., 1856. LC-USZC4-1320. Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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