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Andrew Jackson Letter

Identifier: MS-2173

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In this letter, Andrew Jackson suggests minimum educational possibilities for the new college to furnish. Depending on Hutchings improvement, Jackson suggests further studies that might be provided. Jackson writes to William Donelson in regards to Andrew Jackson Hutchings, asking him to escort Hutchings to a college in Franklin in the care of a Mr. Otey. Jackson asks William Donelson to carry a draft for tuition and board that will be provided by General Coffee. Hutchings had been expelled by Doctor Lindsley at a previous college. Jackson exclaims that Hutchings has been suspended from College and is now at the Hermitage Idle. He asks if Rachel's favorite bird, Poll, is still living.


  • 1829 March 22

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In a letter dated March 22, 1829, Andrew Jackson writes from Washington, D.C. to William Donelson concerning Andrew Jackson Hutchings, a ward of Jackson and his wife Rachel.

Biographical/Historical Note

Andrew Jackson served as the 7th President of the United States, from 1829-1837. Along with Rachel, he served as guardian of several wards or orphaned children. Not all resided at The Hermitage. Andrew Jackson Hutchings (1812-1841) was the grandson of one of Rachel's sisters and the son of a former business partner of Jackson's. His parents died by the time he was five. In 1817, Hutchings lived at The Hermitage. He attended school with Andrew Junior and Lyncoya, a native American orphan, and then attended colleges in Washington and Virginia while Jackson was president. In 1833, he married Mary Coffee, a daughter of Jackson's friend John Coffee and the young couple moved to Alabama. William Donelson owned Ingleside, which was located west of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. William Donelson was born in 1795 and died on November 20, 1864 in Davidson County, Tennessee.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased in March 2003.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA