Friday, February 05, 2010

Andrew Jackson, Jr.

Andrew and Rachel Jackson actually served as guardians for numerous children over the years, including one Native American (see Michael's post on this topic). The one they adopted, and who inherited Jackson's Hermitage, was Andrew Jackson, Jr. Now I've posted on his wife, Sarah Yorke Jackson, so I thought it was time to post a little on him:
In 1808, they took in an infant; one of a set of twins, of Rachel's brother Severn Donelson and his wife Elizabeth and raised him as their own. They named him Andrew Jackson Junior (1808-1865). Although some accounts suggest they took the child because of the mother's ill health and inability to care for her children, the reasons for the adoption are not clear. Andrew Junior and his twin, Thomas Jefferson Donelson, remained close all of their lives. Andrew Junior attended school at Davidson Academy and the University of Nashville. When Andrew Jackson became President, Andrew Junior assumed management of the Hermitage farm. Andrew Junior married Sarah Yorke of Philadelphia on November 24, 1831. Although Junior's financial woes brought Jackson grief in later years, he was always a devoted father.

I find it very interesting that they adopted one of a set of twins.


M said...

It was actually my post on this, not EHT.

Jennie W said...

Oops! Sorry, I'll fix that!

Anonymous said...

This was an interesting post. I remember reading in one of Robert Remini's books that Andrew Jackson Jr. gave his parents a lot of worry and heartbreak; on the other hand, Jackson was a dreadful nag, so the son had plenty to put up with too.

Of their adopted sons, Andrew Jackson Donelson was the real standout. At least to those of us in Texas -- he played a critical role in negotiating the annexation treaty!

Anonymous said...

I want to know why the president, himself, was not a junior. His father is referred to as Andrew Jackson, Sr. (Wikipedia)

Anonymous said...

Andrew Jackson Donelson was not adopted by Andrew and Rachel Jackson. That is another person from Rachel's side of the family, the Doneslons, who was named in HONOR os the President. Andrew Jackson Donelson ran for vice president of a minor political party in the mid 1800s