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In January of 1829, a widow named Margaret O'Neale Timberlake married John Eaton, a United States Senator with his star on the rise. Inspired by the suggestion of a Footnoting History listener, Christine uses this episode to dive into the details of her life, including the marriage that caused tempers to flare in President Andrew Jackson’s Cabinet and the lesser-discussed drama of her later life.
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Margaret Eaton in her older years, via Library of Congress
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)
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