Sunday, February 26, 2012

Old Hickory

US President Andrew Jackson was leaving a funeral in 1835 when Richard Lawrence, a mentally ill man who believed the government owed him money, stepped up to assassinate the President. Both of Lawrence's flintlock pistols misfired, after which President Jackson proceded to beat the man senseless with his hickory walking stick. The President's bodyguards had to pull him off of the would-be assassin.

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