A president anecdote

in #history4 years ago (edited)

Andrew Jackson, who became an American national hero in the War of1812 against Britain, became president of the United States in1829.

A man once called on Jackson to plead the case of a soldier who had lost his leg on a battlefield and needed to retain a small postmastership in order to support his family."But I must tell you," he said frankly,"that he voted against you.""If he lost a leg fighting for his country," said Jackson,"that is vote enough for me."

There was also a clergyman who called on Jackson several times seeking a federal appointment."Are you not a Christian minister?" Jackson finally asked him."I am.""Well," said Jackson,"if you discharge the duties of that office, which is better than any I can confer, you will have no time for any other."