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John Henry Eaton, American senator, secretary of war. member United States Senate from Tennessee, 1818-1829.

Background

Eaton, John Henry was born on June 18, 1790 in Halifax County, North Carolina, United States. Son of John and Elizabeth Eaton.

Education

Educated U. North Carolina.

Career

Went to Franklin, Tennessee, 1809. Served in War of 1812. Early supporter and political adviser of Andrew Jackson.

Member United States Senate from Tennessee, 1818-1829. United States secretary of war in Jackson’s cabinet, 1829-1831. His 2d wife became the center of a battle in Washington society between Jackson forces and their opponents, which contributed to reshuffling of cabinet and Eaton’s resignation, 1829.

Appointed governor Territory of Florida by Jackson, 1834-1836. United States minister to Madrid, Spain, 1836-1840. An author The Life of Andrew Jackson, Major General in the Service of the United States, 1817.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author The Life of Andrew Jackson, Major General in the Service of the United States, 1817.

Membership

Member United States Senate from Tennessee, 1818-1829.

Connections

Married Myra Lewis; married second, Peggy O’Neill.

father:
John Eaton

mother:
Elizabeth Eaton

spouses:
Myra Lewis

Peggy O’Neill.