Jackson, Rachel (Donelson) Robards, 1927, Biographical Sketch
THE UNALLOYED devotion that existed throughout the wedded life of the Jacksons was shadowed by the impulsiveness of their marriage. With characteristic imprudence, Jackson rashly wedded the daughter of his landlady without waiting to verify the mere rumor that her husband had obtained a divorce in a neighboring state. Because of his hastiness, he was keenly sensitive to the suffering which she endured from the slanderous tongues of gossips. For speaking of her in a slighting manner, one man was shot to death by the avenging husband. As a result of the attacks upon her name during the presidential campaign, Mrs. Jackson died before her husband's inauguration. Later in life Jackson was led to disown his own niece, Emily Jackson Donelson, who acted as mistress of the While House, and to alienate many of his closest political and personal friends out of sympathy for Peggy O'Neil, the gay and imprudent daughter of a Washington tavern keeper, whose cause he espoused when society rejused to accept her as the bride of the Secretary of War.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 8.
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