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“A Being so Gentle And Yet So Virtuous”



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Location: in The Hermitage Garden in front of the Tomb of Rachel and President Andrew Jackson, 4580 Rachels Lane, Hermitage, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 12.885    W 086° 36.714
  36.21475    -86.6119
Waymark: None
 



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“A Being so Gentle And Yet So Virtuous”
Rachel and Andrew’s Tombs


Rachel Jackson quietly suffered through Jackson’s bid for the White House, as his enemies attacked the circumstances of their marriage. Although Jackson easily won the presidency, Rachel dreaded the gossiping whispers of Washington’s social circles. Whether this stress contributed to her death on December 22, 1828 is not known, but Jackson believed that it did.

Jackson buried his Rachel in her beloved garden, erecting a temporary shelter over her grave until a more suitable monument could be built. In 1831, Jackson commissioned architect David Morrison to design this Greek Revival tomb. For Jackson’s contemporaries, the architecture of ancient Greece symbolized not only political, but moral virtue. Consciously or not, Jackson’s selection of this style conveyed his belief in Rachel’s virtue.

At the end of his presidency, Jackson returned to The Hermitage, where numerous accounts confirm that he visited Rachel’s tomb daily. When died on June 8, 1845, he was laid to rest next to Rachel. His tombstone simply reads, “General Andrew Jackson.”




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More information:
The Hermitage, The Home of President Andrew Jackson
Wikipedia: Andrew Jackson
The White House: Andrew Jackson

The Hermitage, The Home of President Andrew Jackson
Wikipedia: Andrew Jackson
The White House: Andrew Jackson