Did You Know: Andrew Jackson’s Parrot

Did you know? — By 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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