Yellow Ribbon Tree
appen grocery
Northside Oral Surgery
appen dec 2010

whitehouse
shadow
November 05, 2012
As the presidential election season reaches its end, the Natural Resources Commission would like to remind readers of the relationship shared between our nation's highest office and one of our nation's greatest resources, trees.

Our first president, George Washington, and his early childhood encounter with a cherry tree is a legend that lives strong even 275 years after the fact. A lesser known story of the connection shared between Andrew Jackson, a grieving husband, and the way he chose to honor his late wife is equally inspirational.

In 1829, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, planted two magnolia sprouts from his Nashville home, the Hermitage, at the White House. The trees were planted in memory of his wife, Rachel, who had died the previous month. Over the years, these magnolia trees have grown to have a unique history all their own. After serving as a favorite place of peace and shade for Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Jacqueline Kennedy, in 1988 President Ronald Reagan presented his outgoing chief of staff, Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr, with a cutting from one of the magnolias which Baker planted at his Huntsville, Tennessee home. In 1994, one of the trees served as a natural defense when a small plane veered into the South Lawn and crashed into one of the magnolias whose placement protected the White House itself from imminent damage. In 1996, a cutting from one of the magnolias was presented to Senator Lamar Alexander whose wife, Honey, tenderly cared for the sprout and helped it grow to be over 30 feet tall. The magnolia trees planted by President Jackson, in honor of his recently deceased wife, are such an enduring presence that they have been depicted on former versions of the 20 dollar bill.

Jackson was nicknamed "Old Hickory" because of his toughness and aggressive personality, but it is the "Old Magnolias" that endure today as his lasting gift to multiple generations.

list visuals View images.
printPrint
emailEmail Link
CommentFeedback
shareShare
READER COMMENTS Submission
When posting feedback please be respectful. Be nice. :
* required value
Your Name*

Town*

Email (not shown on website)*

Subject*

Comment*

Verification*
Identify the animal




Coldwell Banker
Biz Post
RECENT CLASSIFIEDS
Moving

Moving Sale-Downsizing-

July 27, 2014 | 09:05 PM
Beautiful Century Solid Wood »
Full-time

Kid Chess Teachers!

July 27, 2014 | 10:00 AM
After School Chess Teachers, »
Trucks

2010 Ford F150 Platinum

July 24, 2014 | 01:11 PM
Supercrew, 4x4, 45059 miles, »

Georgetown Pediatrics
appen dec 2010 Duplicate