Political assassination has been around since Biblical times, if not longer.
Andrew Jackson: Public Figure
Andrew Jackson had been in the public eye since he was in his early twenties. As a Tennessee lawyer, planter, speculator, horseracer, duelist and legislator, he eventually became “General” Jackson, a militia title, and “Old Hickory” for posterity. With such a resume, it is easy to understand his huge number of followers – and enemies.
When he became POTUS in 1829, he was sixty one, a recent widower, skinny as a rail, white haired and practically toothless.
By 1835, well into his second term, many Americans wondered how he lived as long as he had. At sixty-seven, the odds were that he would not survive his term. But Old Hickory was as tough as his nickname, and was now…
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