“Yes, I didn’t shoot Henry Clay, and I didn’t hang John C. Calhoun.” That was how Andrew Jackson responded as he was close to death. Most people, I imagine, reflect on life and wish they did more – travelled more, spent more time with family and friends, and were happier. I guess for our 7th president, he wished he had done more killing.
Jackson, never one to let go of a grudge, held on to his hatred for these two men for over twenty years. By the way, Calhoun was Jackson’s Vice-President during his first term.
If you would like to know why Jackson had such deep hatred for these men, check out the videos below:
The Corrupt Bargain of 1824 (AKA, Why He Hated Henry Clay)
The Nullification Crisis (AKA, Why He Hated John C. Calhoun)
***For more info on this and the life of Henry Clay, check out Robert Remini’s EXCELLENT book, Henry Clay, Statesman for the Union.***