June 8th Marks 169th Anniversary of Jackson's Death
169 years ago, on the evening of Sunday June 8, 1845 -- Andrew Jackson died. His health, never good, deteriorated badly in his final years. Constant infections, gastro-intestinal problems, pain, eye and ear troubles, and fluid build-up made him miserable. He frequently predicted his own death, but continued to hang on to life.
As Jackson lay dying his family gathered around his bed and the enslaved stood on the front porch with the large windows open to hear his last words. Jackson talked about God, and then assured the sobbing group “. . . I want to meet you all in heaven, both white & black. . . Oh, do not cry—be good children and we will all meet in heaven.”
He was buried two days later in the tomb he had built for Rachel with nearly three thousand people in attendance. According to the Nashville Union, “Early on Tuesday morning, every vehicle in the city that could be procured was put in requisition, and a vast concourse of citizens repaired to the Hermitage.”
The country went into mourning over his death. Memorial ceremonies or processions were held all over the country with one of the largest held in New York City. The historian and politician George Bancroft’s oration from the United States Capitol on June 27 compared Jackson to the heroes of the Revolution, “We meet to pay our tribute to the memory of the last great name, which gathers around itself all the associations that form the glory of America. “