In the book “The Quotable Quotations of Andrew Jackson,” author Andrew Jackson is credited with introducing the term “quotable.”
The term comes from the Greek words “quos,” meaning “some,” and “quod,” meaning to speak.
Jackson, the nation’s third president, used the term in speeches to help convince Americans that he was a patriot and to make it clear that the nation was not in danger of becoming a “nation of thieves.”
“The best way to make people see the truth is to quote them,” he wrote.
The quote-hungry Jackson made the quote-happy himself.
“I say, you are not going to make this nation a nation of thieves,” he said in a speech in Philadelphia.
“You are not a nation that will go to war without cause, without cause.
You are a nation where the people have power to do what they want to do.
You know that.
I say that you will not get a war without the people having the will to make a revolution.”
As president, Jackson was not shy about using the term.
In his inaugural address, he used the word “tragic” twice to describe the U.S. economy.
“It is a sad day when the prosperity of our people can be driven from us by a few unscrupulous bankers and speculators,” he added.
In March 1837, a year after Jackson’s death, he penned a letter to his son, James, in which he wrote: “There are those who say the best thing we can do in this nation is to become more prudent in the acquisition of money.
They tell me to stop spending, to stop building houses, to retire from business altogether, and to get rid of the superfluous.”
His son James would later write in his autobiography that his father was the most cautious president in U.K. history.
“He never went out and made his fortune, he never had a huge fortune,” James Jackson said in “How to Get Rich: A Memoir.”
In fact, James Jackson’s fortune was small.
The family’s largest debt was a $250 loan to an orphanage, which the family could not pay off.
“They say that we were poor, but we were not poor,” he told CBC News in the 1990s.
The debt was never paid off, and James Jackson died penniless in 1842.
In the late 1800s, Jackson wrote a memoir that claimed he had received a $10,000 gift from his father, and that the boy was the “lone survivor” of a shipwreck off the coast of Virginia.
It was one of several books written by Jackson, including “The Story of Our Father” and “The Life and Death of John Brown.”
James Jackson never found his father’s legacy.
After his father died, James continued to write letters to his mother, Elizabeth, who he had married in 1834.
He wrote that Elizabeth had been “a very good wife and mother” and that he had become a successful businessman in the area.
In 1838, Jackson married a woman named Mary Ann.
They had four children: James Jr., Mary Ann, Mary Ann and Elizabeth.
In 1840, he married another woman, Mary Elizabeth, but died the next year of pneumonia.
In 1865, he moved back to Virginia.
In 1870, he and Elizabeth married again.
James Jackson had three children: Charles, Mary and Mary Elizabeth.
The next year, James married his second wife, Mary Frances, and they had six children: Henry, Frances, James Jr. and Elizabeth Jane.
In 1890, Jackson died in a duel with his wife and daughter.
His wife Elizabeth died in 1904.
In 1912, Jackson became the first president to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, the site of his funeral service.
He was buried in a grave marked “Mr. Jackson,” and his casket was marked with the words “Mr.” and “Mr…”.
The last president to have his caskets marked with “Mr.,” “Mr.”, “Mrs.,” “Mrs.” and the like was Abraham Lincoln, who was buried with his head on a granite slab in the National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.