General Andrew Jackson, 1818
The Tennessee Historical Society’s collections originated in 1818 when artist Ralph E.W. Earl founded the Nashville Museum. The museum exhibited oddities like the 14’ long jaw of a sawfish, but Earl’s portraits drew in the crowds. A highlight of the museum, Earl’s 1818 full-length portrait of General Andrew Jackson showed Old Hickory “reconnoitering the position [...]
Who is James K. Polk?
“Let a strong appeal be made to the Delegates as fast as they come in, to take the matter into their own hands, to control and overrule their leaders at Washington, who have already produced such distraction, and thus save the party.” On May 14, 1844, just days before the Democratic National Convention in [...]
Jane, a Slave
Some historical documents ask more questions than they answer, and this document in the Tennessee Historical Society collection at TSLA is no exception. Written in neat, compact script, P.A. Wilkinson, a juror from Carthage, Tennessee, details the case of the State vs. Jane, a Slave in 1841. Jane, 15, was on trial for the murder […]
Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) became seventh U.S. president and the first president from Tennessee in March 1829 following a vicious political campaign against the incumbent, John Quincy Adams. Jackson accused Adams of corruption and elitism while Adams railed against Jackson’s temperament, as evidenced by his fondness for […]