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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) [Affadavit for sworn statement of Andrew Jackson concerning money owed Pierce Butler]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01876 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Mero District, Tennessee Type: Autograph document signed Date: 17 May 1798 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 35 x 22 cm.

Summary of Content: An affidavit of Jackson's sworn statement that Pierce Butler was rightly owed money by David Allison and William Blount. Jackson was acting as Butler's lawyer in the case. The money owed was part of a land speculation plan that involved all four of the men. Allison had lost a great deal of money in land speculation, and had also lost a good deal of money for Blount, leaving both men indebted to Butler. Jackson was also involved in some of these land speculation schemes himself.

Background Information: Pierce Butler, 1744 - 1822, was a wealthy senator from South Carolina who was also involved in a number of land speculation schemes.
William Blount, 1749 - 1800, was a Senator from Tennessee who ...was expelled from the Senate ecause of his covert plan to help the British conquer Spanish Territory, part of a larger land speculation scheme.See More

People: Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Blount, William, 1749-1800
Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentFinanceLawLand Transaction

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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