National Affairs: Jackson Day

On Jan. 8, 1815, there was peace—a treaty had been signed with the British. But in New Orleans the treaty was even less than a scrap of paper, for its existence was not known. Accordingly, on that day, General Andrew Jackson inflicted a decisive defeat on a British army before the city. Of late years it has been the custom of Democrats to celebrate Jan. 8, "Jackson Day," once every four years, by a dinner in Washington.

This dinner, coming about five months before the Democratic National Convention, is usually a parade of aspiring...

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