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

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John Henry Eaton: A Lost Man

Let me assure you once more that such men as Eaton, is rare to be met with on this earth.

-- Jackson to Donelson, 18311

Never did I so much regret the ingratitude and depravity of man, more than I have the course of Major Eaton. . . . He is a lost man.

-- Jackson to Amos Kendall, 18412

Andrew Jackson, the boy without a father, was also the man without children. But Andrew and Rachel Jackson more than compensated for their lack of biological offspring. They adopted in infancy a young nephew and also an orphaned Indian boy whose parents were victims of Jackson-led soldiers. In addition, the Jacksons were quick to agree to undertake the care, formal and informal, of the children of friends and relatives whose early deaths left them in need of surrogate parents. Andrew Donelson, son of Rachel's sister, was one such responsibility for the Jacksons; Andrew Hutchings, son of a one time Jackson business partner was another; and the Lewis sisters were still further examples of the sort of parental responsibility Jackson and his wife undertook. As noted earlier, the Lewis sisters of Franklin, Tennessee, were the daughters of the region's wealthiest man, who, like all such people, was rich in land,

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Table of contents

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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