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Rachel Jackson

Emily Donelson

Andrew Jackson
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)

Children - 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

 
Did You Know IconDid You Know...
  • Emily Donelson had three of her four children in the White House.
  • Emily Donelson was only 21 when she entered the White House.

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