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I Read the News Today

Weird and wonderful, it all happened in December

ANIMAL (WHITE) HOUSE

1828 THE PARTY PRESIDENT

When war-hero Andrew Jackson won the US Presidential election in December 1828, he was a crowd-pleasing choice.

On the day of his inauguration, it was reported that 20,000 people descended on Washington DC to see him speak and try to attend the reception at the White House (when anyone could get in and shake the President’s hand). The mob, however, was unruly, with one account claiming, “Ladies fainted, men were seen with bloody noses and such a scene of confusion took place as is impossible to describe.” Expensive china and furniture was supposedly broken, Jackson fled – possibly through a window – and the only way to empty the building was to fill tubs with punch and position them on the White House lawn.

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