Skip to comments.Letter threatening Jackson's life determined to be written by father of man who killed Lincoln
Posted on 01/24/2009 9:16:01 PM PST by SmithL
Dismissed for 175 years as a fake, a letter threatening the assassination of President Andrew Jackson has been found to be authentic. And, says the director of the Andrew Jackson Papers Project at the University of Tennessee, the writer was none other than Junius Brutus Booth, father of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.
Dan Feller and his staff solved the mystery of the July 4, 1835, letter to Jackson. The story of their investigation will be featured this summer on PBS' "History Detectives."
The letter, which addressed Old Hickory as "You damn'd old Scoundrel," demanded that Jackson pardon two prisoners named De Ruiz and De Soto who had been sentenced to death for piracy in a high-profile trial of the day.
"The trial of them and the other pirates had been a national news story. It was heavily covered," Feller said.
Pardon the pirates, the letter writer demanded, or "I will cut your throat whilst you are sleeping."
London-born Junius Brutus Booth was a famous Shakespearean actor and a manic public figure. He had three sons in the theater, including John Wilkes Booth, who later would murder President Lincoln in April 1865 at Ford's Theatre in Washington.
"(Junius) Booth was well-known for acting up, acting out, as well as acting," Feller said.
Most historians believed that someone else wrote the letter and forged Booth's name. Jackson's own clerks filed the letter as "anonymous."
America's seventh president had become accustomed to threats, according to Robert V. Remini, author of the biography "Andrew Jackson" and history professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
"It wasn't a crime to threaten the life of the president back in Jackson's time," Remini said.
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I found it very informative.
Especially the following: “It wasn’t a crime to threaten the life of the president back in Jackson’s time,” Remini said.
Wow. Politics was even more cut throat back then than in our own time. We are general wusses compared to these old guys. ;)
Boy, that Booth family was sure hard to please when it came to Presidents. hehe.
I kid, I kid.
All in all, this was an interesting historical “event”. Thank you very much for posting.
Bipartisian killers I see.
Jackson was pretty much a badass from what I’ve read. Not someone I’d want to threaten.
Junius Brutus Booth is thought to reside, so to speak, at the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, SC. Perhaps he would be willing to authenticate the letter, be careful I understand he was subject to drunken rages.
I just posted this on another thread and thought it might be interesting here, too (since I just saw this one...)...
Assassinations and Attempts from the beginning of the Republic to now...
Andrew Jackson — January 30, 1835
Abraham Lincoln — February 23, 1861
Abraham Lincoln — April 14, 1865; died April 15, 1865
James A. Garfield — July 2, 1881; died September 19, 1881
William McKinley — September 6, 1901; died September 14, 1901
Theodore Roosevelt — October 13, 1912
Franklin D. Roosevelt — February 15, 1933 (one month before being sworn in for his first term in office)
Harry S. Truman — November 1, 1950
John F. Kennedy — December 11, 1960
John F. Kennedy — April 2, 1961 (reported assassination attempt, increased security)
John F. Kennedy — November 22, 1963; died same day
Richard Nixon — February 22, 1974
Gerald Ford — September 5, 1975
Gerald Ford — September 22, 1975
Jimmy Carter — May 5, 1979
Ronald Reagan — March 30, 1981
George H. W. Bush — April 13, 1993
Bill Clinton — September 12, 1994
Bill Clinton — October 29, 1994
George W. Bush — February 7, 2001
George W. Bush — September 11, 2001
George W. Bush — May 10, 2005
A man named Richard Lawrence tried to assasinate Jackson. Both his pistols misfired at point-blank range. Jackson took out his cane and started beating his would-be assasin.
Don't mess with Andy Jackson.
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