Just north of this point, on the boundary between Bow and Concord a large cavalcade of enthusiastic citizens met Andrew Jackson and escorted him to New Hampshire’s Capital. His official reception by the State Government on the following day, June 29, 1833, marked the conclusion of a triumphal New England tour.
Located on the west side of NH 3-A in Bow at its intersection with Interstate 89.
JACKSON DEFEATED JOHN Quincy Adams in the 1828 presidential election, carrying the South and doing better than expected in Adams’s New England with the support of prominent New Hampshirites such as former governor Levi Woodbury (NH marker #43) and newspaper publisher and future governor Isaac Hill. The town of Adams, New Hampshire–which had named itself for his vanquished opponent’s father, John Adams, when he was elected the second President of the United States in 1796–changed its name to Jackson in 1828, and has managed to keep it the same through subsequent presidential elections to this day.1
Poor health and constant pain took its toll on President Jackson near the planned apogee of his tour of the Northeastern United States, forcing him to cancel a visit to Portland, Maine, and turn around for Washington after reaching Concord. The pain was no wonder: Jackson fought so many duels in his younger years–mainly over the honor of his wife–that one wag said that he rattled like a bag of marbles from all the lead in his body.
Jackson is widely credited with bringing modern politics into the gentlemen’s game of governing, introducing the spoils system and the prominence of political partisanship. Washington had been received by pan-political delegations representing the cities and states he toured; Jackson was received almost exclusively by members of his own party (Democrats). The American novelist – Winston Churchill (NH #16) – addressed the partisan and populist political system that would become known as Jacksonian Democracy in his bestseller Coniston, which would be set in a thinly-veiled Croyden, New Hampshire.
1Naming towns for presidents is nearly as popular a sport in New Hampshire as is naming mountains for them: Washington, NH was the first town in the Republic to be named for its first president, and Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Lincoln would follow. Curiously, there is no NH town named for Franklin Pierce, the only chief executive born in the Granite State.