Quote about Emily Donelson:
“After dancing with a diplomat who told her, ‘Madam, you dance with the grace of a Parisian. I can hardly realize you were educated in Tennessee’: ‘Count, you forget, that grace is a cosmopolite, and like a wild flower, is much oftener found in the woods than in the streets of a city.’”
Born - June 15, 1767 in Halifax County, Virginia
Parents - Colonel John Donelson & Rachel Stockley Donelson
Married - 1791 to Andrew Jackson (first married to Lewis Robards in 1785, divorced 1793)
- none; adopted Andrew Jackson, Jr. (1809-1865) from Rachel’s brother
Died - December 22, 1828 in Nashville, Tennessee
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Rachel Jackson died a few months before her husband took office. Their niece, Emily Donelson, and daughter-in-law, Sarah Yorke Jackson, served as hostesses during Jackson’s administration.
EMILY DONELSON (niece)
Born – June 1, 1807 in Donelson, Tennessee
Served as hostess from 1829 - 1836
Emily Donelson was only 21 when she entered the White House.
Mrs. Donelson had three of her four children in the White House.
Died – December 19, 1836