"A Being so Gentle And Yet So Virtuous"

"A Being so Gentle And Yet So Virtuous" (HMZCL)

Location: Nashville, TN 37076 Davidson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 12.885', W 86° 36.714'

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Rachel and Andrew's Tombs

Rachel Jackson quietly suffered through Jackson's bid for the White House, as his enemies attacked the circumstances of their marriage. Although Jackson easily won the presidency, Rachel dreaded the gossiping whispers of Washington's social circles. Whether this stress contributed to her death on December 22, 1828 is not known, but Jackson believed that it did.

Jackson buried his Rachel in her beloved garden, erecting a temporary shelter over her grave until a more suitable monument could be built. In 1831, Jackson commissioned architect David Morrison to design this Greek Revival tomb. For Jackson's contemporaries, the architecture of ancient Greece symbolized not only political, but moral virtue. Consciously or not, Jackson's selection of this style conveyed his belief in Rachel's virtue.

At the end of his presidency, Jackson returned to The Hermitage, where numerous accounts confirm that he visited Rachel's tomb daily. When died on June 8, 1845, he was laid to rest next to Rachel. His tombstone simply reads, "General Andrew Jackson."
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 4:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 534883 N 4007837
Decimal Degrees36.21475000, -86.61190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 12.885', W 86° 36.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 12' 53.10" N, 86° 36' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4580 Rachels Ln, Nashville TN 37076, US
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