Biographies & Memoirs

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the architect of the presidency as we know it. His story is one of violence, sex, courage, and tragedy. With his powerful persona, his evident bravery, and his mystical connection to the people, Jackson moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center of national action, articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will-or face his formidable wrath. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House-from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman-have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.

The White House, Washington, Winter 1832–33


Beginnings to Late 1830

Chapter 1: Andy Will Fight His Way in the World

Chapter 2: Follow Me and I’ll Save You Yet

Chapter 3: A Marriage, a Defeat, and a Victory

Chapter 4: You Know Best, My Dear

Chapter 5: Ladies’ Wars Are Always Fierce and Hot

Chapter 6: A Busybody Presbyterian Clergyman

Chapter 7: My White and Red Children

Chapter 8: Major Eaton Has Spoken of Resigning

Chapter 9: An Opinion of the President Alone

Chapter 10: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever

Chapter 11: General Jackson Rules by His Personal Popularity


Late 1830 to 1834

Chapter 12: I Have Been Left to Sup Alone

Chapter 13: A Mean and Scurvy Piece of Business

Chapter 14: Now Let Him Enforce It

Chapter 15: The Fury of a Chained Panther

Chapter 16: Hurra for the Hickory Tree!

Chapter 17: A Dreadful Crisis of Excitement and Violence

Chapter 18: The Mad Project of Disunion

Chapter 19: We Are Threatened to Have Our Throats Cut

Chapter 20: Great Is the Stake Placed in Our Hands

Chapter 21: My Mind Is Made Up

Chapter 22: He Appeared to Feel as a Father

Chapter 23: The People, Sir, Are with Me

Chapter 24: We Are in the Midst of a Revolution


1834 to the End

Chapter 25: So You Want War

Chapter 26: A Dark, Lawless, and Insatiable Ambition!

Chapter 27: There Is a Rank Due to the United States Among Nations

Chapter 28: The Wretched Victim of a Dreadful Delusion

Chapter 29: How Would You Like to Be a Slave?

Chapter 30: The Strife About the Next Presidency

Chapter 31: Not One Would Have Ever Got Out Alive

Chapter 32: I Fear Emily Will Not Recover

Chapter 33: The President Will Go Out Triumphantly

Chapter 34: The Shock Is Great, and Grief Universal

Epilogue: He Still Lives