Did You Know: Andrew Jackson’s Parrot

Did you know? — By Goran on 2011/07/20 5:12 AM

Did you know that at Andrew Jackson’s funeral in 1845, his pet parrot named Poll had to be removed because it was swearing?

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). He was nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his toughness and aggressive personality that produced numerous duels, some fatal.

It is also interesting to know that on January 30, 1835, Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, pointed a pistol at Jackson and fired.

The percussion cap exploded, but the bullet did not discharge. The enraged Jackson raised his cane to throttle his attacker, who fired again. The second weapon also misfired and the sixty-seven-year-old president escaped unharmed.

The odds of this happeneing were put at 1:125,000!

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  • http://felixdicit.com/?p=911 7 WTFacts (Politicians) » Felix Dicit

    [...] Pol the Parrot was Andrew Jackson’s favourite animal. But Andrew Jackson was somewhat profane in everyday life. Pol picked up on that. Jackson picked up on that as well, and taught him nothing but curse words. Jackson, the 7th POTUS, was quite a badass. He participated in numerous duels, with some resulting into fatal injuries to his competitors. When he was 67 years old, a worker fired a gun at him, twice, but the bullets didn’t fire, after which Jackson beat him senseless with his cane. When Jackson finally died at the respectable age of 78, Pol had to be removed, because -you guessed it- the only thing coming out of its mouth were curse words. And that’s a no-no. (source) [...]

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