By Jarrett Stepman ~
The Washington establishment was stunned.
A political outsider with few connections in the nation’s capital, but wide national celebrity among the American people, was going to be the next president of the United States.
Andrew Jackson’s inauguration became famous for the wild crowd it attracted. It set a precedent for how Americans welcomed their new leaders. (Photo: Picture History/Newscom)
Washington, D.C., residents were unprepared for the wild scene that was about to unfold when the new president’s advocates—and a few detractors—poured into the city. Some compared this enormous mass of people to an invading barbarian horde pillaging Rome.
This scene may sound familiar in 2017, but it describes Andrew Jackson’s inaugural celebration in 1829. At the time, such large-scale fanfare at an inauguration was unprecedented.
Yet despite the circus atmosphere that Jackson’s inaugural became famous for, he delivered a powerful…
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