(1767-1845) 7th President of the United States, serving from 1829-37. He was a U.S. Congressman, 1796-97, and a U.S. Senator, 1797-98. In 1802, he was elected major general of the Tennessee Militia and later fought in the War of 1812. He was sent to fight the Creek Indians allied with the British in Mississippi Territory, and he defeated them at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. After capturing Pensacola, Fla., from the British-allied Spanish, he marched overland to engage the British in Louisiana. A decisive victory at the Battle of New Orleans made him a national hero, and he was dubbed "Old Hickory" by the press.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite, half view portrait in an oval format. No photographer's imprint. 2 3/8 x 4 1/8. Light age toning and wear.
The Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815- With the Americans outnumbered, it seemed that the city of New Orleans was in danger of being captured, so the Ursuline nuns and many people of New Orleans gathered in the Ursuline Convent's chapel before the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. They spent the night before the battle praying and crying before the statue, begging for the Virgin Mary's intercession. Reverend William Dubourg offered Mass at the altar on the morning of January 8th, and Mother Ste. Marie Olivier de Vezin, prioress of the abbey, vowed to have a Mass of Thanksgiving sung annually should the American forces win. A courier ran into the chapel during communion to inform them that the British had been defeated. General Jackson went to the convent himself to thank the nuns for their prayers. "By the blessing of heaven, directing the valor of the troops under my command, one of the most brilliant victories in the annals of war was obtained." The vow made by Mother Ste. Marie has been faithfully kept throughout the years.