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Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) [Bank of the Metropolis check for twenty dollars]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01994.01 Author/Creator: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 8 January 1835 Pagination: 1 p.

Made out to his adopted son, Andrew Jackson, Jr. A hard-currency supporter, the President specifies "wanted in gold, eagles or half eagles." This check was written on the same day that he paid off the national debt.

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