excerpt from: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, by Jon Meacham. page 37-8.

“[Julia Ann] Conner detected something in her few days under his roof that many of Jackson’s foes never did: that he was far more than a frontier soldier. His enemies never quite saw that the largest fact about Jackson was not a problem with his “passions”–the contemporary sense of the word was “temper”–but his ability, more often than not, to govern them and harness the energies that would have driven other, less sophisticated men to political ruin. “Sophisticated” is not a word often used to describe Andrew Jackson, but it should be. The number of scandals that threatened to consume him between his admission to the bar and his election to the White House–martial law in New Orleans, the execution of mutineers in the field, invading Florida arguably without proper authority, killing British subjects, his murky marriage, his slaying of Charles Dickinson, the gunfight with the Bentons– would have ended most political careers.”

“Yet Jackson endured and conquered. He knew how to make amends when he had to and possessed enough charm to turn longtime enemies into new friends. Jackson could. of course, lapse into alarming violence, but he also had a capacity for political grace and conciliation when the spirit moved him. …”

(Emphasis is mine. It denotes my favorite portion of the paragraph.)

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