The Elk Horn Prairie Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution held its February meeting at the Aurora Library on February 1.
The Book Review and Historical Program on The Reign of Andrew Jackson by Frederic Austin Ogg was given by Nora Lee Faulkner. She used a timeline presentation complete with photos and dates.
According to Faulkner, Jackson's mother taught him to read hoping he would become a preacher, but he was a courier with his brother and was captured by the British. After his older brother died of smallpox, his mother began nursing prisoners and later died of yellow fever when he was 14. He began his education to become a lawyer and was admitted to the bar in 1787, acquired land, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, married Rachel in 1791 lived at Poplar Grove, Hunters Hill and The Hermitage in 1805. He wanted to be governor of Louisiana but when that did not work he pursued gambling, bought a race track and “Thruxton” his famous race horse (betting heavily) and is known for dueling and staying alive, fighting for the Battle of New Orleans which led to his becoming President.
Faulkner gave an interesting and thorough description of Jackson's life. Member Cheryl Schoen told of a great-great-grandfather who fought with him and was recognized by Jackson later as he campaigned in Republic, where her ancestor had acquired free land and lived.
The business meeting followed and included various reports, facts and stories, as well as a look at the chapter's upcoming events.
The chapter's next meeting will be at 1 p.m., March 1, at the Aurora branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library.