Emily Donelson

First Lady of the United States from 1829 to 1834 / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Emily Tennessee Donelson (June 1, 1807 – December 19, 1836) was the acting First Lady of the United States from 1829 to 1834 during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. She was the niece of Jackson's wife, Rachel Donelson Jackson, who had died weeks before her husband's presidential inauguration.

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Emily Donelson
Acting First Lady of the United States
In office
March 4, 1829  November 26, 1834
PresidentAndrew Jackson
Preceded byLouisa Adams
Succeeded bySarah Jackson (acting)
Personal details
Born(1807-06-01)June 1, 1807
Donelson, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedDecember 19, 1836(1836-12-19) (aged 29)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Cause of deathTuberculosis
(m. 1824)
RelativesRachel Jackson (paternal aunt)
Daniel Smith Donelson (paternal first cousin)
EducationNashville Female Academy

Donelson grew up among the Donelson and Jackson families in Tennessee, marrying her first cousin Andrew Jackson Donelson. The Donelsons worked for their uncle as his career in politics progressed and he attained the presidency. They moved into the White House with President Jackson, where Donelson served as the White House hostess. She was successful in the role despite her lack of formal training in etiquette, and she was well received by Washington society. The Petticoat affair caused a split between the Donelsons and the president, and Donelson returned home for much of 1830 and 1831. She eventually returned to the White House, but she grew sick, returning home and dying of tuberculosis at the age of 29.