As you might remember from my New Orleans post
, Andrew Jackson was a very important army general in the War of 1812. Twelve years later, he decided the run for president. While Jackson won the most electoral votes as well as popular votes, he did not have a majority of the votes. For this reason, the House of Representatives were tasked with picking the president out of the top three candidates with the most electoral votes. To everyone's surprise, they picked John Quincy Adams, the son of the second president.
Jackson didn't give up though. In 1828, he ran again. He was the obvious choice and won the post but not before all his dirt was plastered all over the newspapers. In short, in 1791, Jackson married Rachel Donelson. At the time, Rachel was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband. Because all of the divorce paperwork was not yet processed, Rachel was technically already married when she tried to marry Andrew Jackson. (Scandalous!) They married again in 1974, once the paperwork was processed, but the deed was already done. Rachel had had intimate relations with a man who wasn't her husband. As a proper southern lady, Rachel was deeply affected by it. This stress on her reputation further worsened her health, which eventually led to her death in 1828. Andrew Jackson always blamed his political opponents for worsening his wife's health. He always said that she died of a broken heart. (In reality, it was most likely a heart attack.) To read about this story more in depth, visit The Hermitage website.