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In The Petticoat Affair, prize-winning historian John F. Marszalek bargains the 1st in--depth research of the earliest -- and maybe maximum -- political intercourse scandal in American background. in the course of Andrew Jackson's first time period in place of work, Margaret Eaton, the spouse of Secretary of country John Henry Eaton, was once branded a "loose girl" for her unconventional public existence. The brash, outgoing, and lovely daughter of a Washington innkeeper, Margaret had socialized together with her father's visitors and married Eaton very quickly after the loss of life of her first husband, surprising genteel society. Jackson observed assaults on Eaton as a part of a conspiracy to topple his management, and his robust safety of her personality ruled the 1st years of his time period, and resulted in the resignation of his whole cabinet.

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My Dear Father. " Such grief—the somber ceremonies with cavalrymen escorting the body from the boarding house to the Capitol, and all the important people, including President James Madison, observing the prescribed rites of mourning—all this sorrow must have been difficult for Margaret and her family. Her father, after all, had lost an old friend and a steady boarder. 17 Another famous boarder was Thomas Sumter, the "Gamecock of the Revolution," so celebrated in South Carolina that he had the famous fort in Charleston harbor named after him.

24 Demonstrating that her father must have been doing well financially and that he had influence beyond that of the ordinary innkeeper, she attended Mrs. Haywards school, reputedly the best in the capital. She was exposed to a wide array of subjects, ranging from arithmetic, history, English and French grammar to drawing, needlework, music, and dance. She grew proficient at the piano and was so talented in dance that her father sent her, after school, to take further lessons from a Mr. Generes, a dance master in Alexandria, Virginia.

He read widely and kept a notebook of insights he gained from his books. He held his social life to a minimum, seeing such activity as frivolous. His wife, the daughter of a New York Quaker merchant, was similarly industrious. 32 As soon as her father introduced her to her new guardian, Margaret sensed that her own social life was in danger. Clinton lectured her about the necessity of education, disciplined study, and the useless frivolity of excessive partying—no doubt just what O'Neale hoped he would do.

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