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Collection Reference Number GLC05271
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1844 
Title Andrew Jackson to Benjamin F. Butler thanking him for his defence of Jackson's actions at New Orleans
Date 22 February 1844
Author Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  
Recipient Butler, Benjamin Franklin  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Thanks Butler, who in 1815 defended Jackson's actions at New Orleans. Says that no matter how the Senate rules he knows the measures he took were necessary and that "I acted in the defence of New Orleans with the purest principles of a patriot." Relates his poor health and confidence that Van Buren will be the Democratic Nominee for President. When Jackson was defending the city of New Orleans he imposed martial law, ignored habeas corpus, executed deserters, and suspended the state legislature, actions for which Judge Hall fined him $1,000. The Louisiana legislature chose to refund the fine, a measure which they were debating at the time of the letter. Van Buren unexpectedly lost the Democratic nomination to Polk.
Subjects President  Patriotism  War of 1812  Battle  Battle of New Orleans  Congress  Military History  Health and Medical  Democratic Party  Politics  Election  Government and Civics  Military Law  Habeas Corpus  Law  Death Penalty  Desertion  
People Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)  Butler, Benjamin Franklin (1795-1858)  
Place written Hermitage, Tennessee
Theme Government & Politics; Law; Health & Medicine; War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Butler was a prominent member of the Democratic party and a friend of Jackson's. (Not the Civil War General Benjamin Franklin Butler.)
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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