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Xavier Magazine | September 23, 2018

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Collector’s Item

In addition to electronic reserves, printed journals and reference books, the University library also has an impressive number of private letters from Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. Jackson sent 23 letters between 1811 and 1844 to Moses Dawson, a Cincinnati politician and editor. The content of these included a number of political opinions on his vice president, Martin Van Buren, the abolition of slavery and the future of the nation.

The letters were a gift to the University in 1933 from Dawson’s grandson-in-law, Joseph Debar. The manuscripts remained unpublished until 1958 when political science professor John Whealen included them in an article in the Bulletin of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio.

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