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(1767-1845) Seventh President of the United States, "Old Hickory" became a national hero in his defense of New Orleans and as president encouraged Western expansion and paid off the national debt. Fine content A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Hermitage, May 16, 1827, to "Major Douezer [?], Att. at Law [New] Orleans", accepting an invitation from the Governor of Louisiana to attend the Battle of New Orleans Anniversary Celebration. In part: "...Make known to my friends, Providence not interfering from preventing it, I shall do myself the pleasure of spending with you, my old friends, & companions in arms the 8th of Jan. next, agreeable to invitation of your Legislature, present thro your Governor...". Annual festivities commemorating the Battle of New Orleans sprang up immediately after Jackson's victory against the British, and by 1820, New Orleans staged its first public celebration. In the years following Jackson's first presidential campaign in 1824, major celebrations were commonplace in many American cities, and the eighth of January became a popular holiday. These events quickly evolved into highly-partisan political rallies for the Democratic Party, of which Jackson was, of course, a founder. They fell from favor shortly after the Civil War, due to both their overshadowing nature of that conflict, and the subsequent political dominance of the Republican party. With (separated) address leaf. Minor paper loss at folds, ink bleeding, and irregular toning from prior display, still overall very good condition, professionally stabilized with archival tissue on verso.
Estimate $ 1,800-2,000

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