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"The High Minded Honourable Man": Honor, Kinship, and Conflict in the Life of Andrew Jackson Donelson

"The High Minded Honourable Man": Honor, Kinship, and Conflict in the Life of Andrew Jackson... ‘‘The High Minded Honourable Man’’ Honor, Kinship, and Conflict in the Life of Andrew Jackson Donelson MARK R. CHEATHEM Andrew Jackson Donelson and James K. Polk approached the President’s Mansion after taking their evening constitutional. Donelson had not been a sociable companion. His thoughts had been on his uncle, Andrew Jackson, and the many times that the two of them had walked this same path as President Jackson had pondered the ‘‘prominent events of his administration.’’ Donelson contemplated what had changed in his life since the shrubbery, which he had passed on previous strolls years ago, had matured. His wife, Emily, had died, and he had remarried. He had helped the man beside him become president and had convinced the Texas government to accept annexation. Jackson had died three months earlier, a loss from which Donelson was still recovering. Perhaps most important, he still had not achieved his uncle’s expectations of one day ‘‘be[ing] selected to preside over the destinies’’ of the nation. The chance for his own greatness was swiftly passing him by, Donelson thought. Donelson’s self-reflection that fall evening in 1845 may have gone even deeper than he recalled to his wife, Elizabeth. Throughout his life, he http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

"The High Minded Honourable Man": Honor, Kinship, and Conflict in the Life of Andrew Jackson Donelson

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 27 (2) – May 10, 2007

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Copyright © 2007 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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Abstract

‘‘The High Minded Honourable Man’’ Honor, Kinship, and Conflict in the Life of Andrew Jackson Donelson MARK R. CHEATHEM Andrew Jackson Donelson and James K. Polk approached the President’s Mansion after taking their evening constitutional. Donelson had not been a sociable companion. His thoughts had been on his uncle, Andrew Jackson, and the many times that the two of them had walked this same path as President Jackson had pondered the ‘‘prominent events of his administration.’’ Donelson contemplated what had changed in his life since the shrubbery, which he had passed on previous strolls years ago, had matured. His wife, Emily, had died, and he had remarried. He had helped the man beside him become president and had convinced the Texas government to accept annexation. Jackson had died three months earlier, a loss from which Donelson was still recovering. Perhaps most important, he still had not achieved his uncle’s expectations of one day ‘‘be[ing] selected to preside over the destinies’’ of the nation. The chance for his own greatness was swiftly passing him by, Donelson thought. Donelson’s self-reflection that fall evening in 1845 may have gone even deeper than he recalled to his wife, Elizabeth. Throughout his life, he

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: May 10, 2007

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