NASHVILLE, Tenn. – President Donald J. Trump commemorated Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday at the seventh president’s Nashville residence, The Hermitage, on Wednesday, March 15th, afternoon as part of his first official visit to Tennessee.
Tennessee legislators and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry attended the private ceremony with around 350 guests. During his visit, Trump laid a wreath at Jackson’s tomb, took a brief tour of the site and delivered remarks from the front porch of Jackson’s home.
“Andrew Jackson was a military hero and genius and a beloved president,” Trump said. “But he was also a flawed and imperfect man, a product of his time. It is the duty of each generation to carry on the fight for justice.
“We must all remember Jackson’s words that in the planter, the farmer, the mechanic and the laborer we will find the muscle and bone of our country.”
Trump is the 14th president to visit the home of Andrew Jackson, and the first since Ronald Reagan participated in the birthday commemoration ceremony in 1982, 35 years ago.
“We are honored that the president of the United States visited The Hermitage to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth,” said Howard J. Kittell, president and CEO of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. “The president has an interest in Andrew Jackson, and we are humbled by his request to join us for this historical event.”
Andrew Jackson: We thank you for your service. We honor your memory. We build on your legacy & we thank God for the USA! pic.twitter.com/LcEEBxf9gI
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 15, 2017
— Gov. Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) March 15, 2017