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Collection Reference Number GLC03209.09
From Archive Folder Archive of correspondence relating to the Blair family, including letters of Roger B. Taney, Jackson, Welles 
Title Andrew Jackson Jr. to Francis P. Blair asking for help in graduating from West Point military academy
Date 16 June 1855
Author Jackson, Andrew, Jr. (1834-1926)  
Recipient Blair, Francis Preston  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Tells Blair that he has been deemed deficient in his French exam at West Point Military Academy, and asks for Blair to intercede on his behalf, so that he might be reinstated, and continue at school. Jackson cannot understand how he did so poorly, and tries to assure Blair that he has been a good student and well behaved. Calls on Blair as an old friend of the family to do him this favor. Jackson would eventually graduate from West Point.
Subjects West Point (US Military Academy)  Education  Letter of Introduction or Recommendation  President  
People Jackson, Andrew, Jr. (1834-1926)  Blair, Francis Preston (1791-1876)  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Place written West Point, New York
Theme Education; Government & Politics; Children & Family; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Andrew Jackson Jr. (1834-1926) was the son of President Jackson's wife's nephew, Andrew Jackson (1809-1865), whom the President Andrew Jackson and his wife had adopted. Jackson Jr. continually failed to live up to the high hopes of his father, and was constantly in debt. Francis P. Blair was the publisher of the Globe, the official paper of the Democratic party for fifteen years.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859