Andrew Jackson and His Tennessee Lieutenants: A Study in Political Culture

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some of Overton's letters regarding key political questions and assured the judge that the New Yorker agreed with the Tennessean. Finally, when in 1829 a number of the Jackson inner circle in Washington feared that the general might die, they got him to write a letter to Overton in which he praised Van Buren and made clear his hope that his northern friend would succeed him as president. 12 That letter may well have been the first blow to the loyalty of some of the other lieutenants and the beginning of an opposition party. That it was addressed to Overton was a comment on the degree to which Jackson trusted and consulted him on all key matters. Friends of the president knew that what he wrote to Overton, his closest confidant, would be seen as a true indication of his wishes. We know that in the midst of the Eaton-Timberlake affair Jackson got Overton to invite the couple, while in Tennessee, to a dinner at his house, a dinner that brought out the state's social, economic, and political leaders. One did not reject invitations to dine with Judge Overton.

To his death, John Overton seemed to wish he had been more like Andrew Jackson. Jackson could only mourn that his friend of nearly forty years had taken so much abuse for the loyalty and devotion he had shown toward him.


NOTES
1.
Quoted in Frances Clifton, "The Life and Activity of John Overton" (unpublished master's thesis, Vanderbilt University, 1948), 70.
2.
As an example in 1806 Overton wrote to Jackson urging him to avoid fighting duels and assuring him that his friends all considered him a man of honor. Harold D. Moser, et al., The Papers of Andrew Jackson ( Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press), vol. 2, 108.
3.
John Spencer Bassett, Correspondence of Andrew Jackson ( Washington, DC: Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1926), vol. 4, 66.
4.
Clifton, "Life and Activity,"1.
5.
Clifton, "Life and Activity,"4.
6.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 2, 1.
7.
Clifton, "Life and Activity," 50.
8.
Clifton, "Life and Activity,"32.
9.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 2, 1.
10.
The lack of much of the Overton-Jackson correspondence is unfortunate given their long and close relationship. There is a collection of Overton Papers in the Tennessee State Library in Nashville, but they are mostly routine business letters and reveal little of the man.
11.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 4, 108.
12.
Bassett, Correspondence, vol. 4, 109.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 4
  • 1 - Home Left, Home Found 7
  • Notes 16
  • 2 - Andrew Jackson: In Search of Honor, in Defense of Reputation 19
  • Notes 33
  • 3 - John Overton: The Power Behind the Throne 35
  • Notes 40
  • 4 - John Coffee: Kin but by Blood 41
  • Notes 48
  • 5 - George Washington Campbell: Jackson's Man in the East 49
  • Notes 55
  • 6 - William B. Lewis: The Loyal Retainer 57
  • Notes 64
  • 7 - William Carroll: The People's Advocate 65
  • Notes 71
  • 8 - Hugh Lawson White: The Tennessee "Brutus" 73
  • Notes 82
  • 9 - John Henry Eaton: A Lost Man 83
  • Notes 90
  • 10 - James K. Polk: The Cause Above All Else 91
  • Notes 96
  • 11 - Sam Houston: The Prodigal Son 99
  • Notes 107
  • Epilogue 109
  • Bibliography 111
  • Index 119
  • About the Author 123
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