Kentuckiana Genealogy: Newspaper: Lewis Jordan Purchased President Andrew Jackson's Desk
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Ft. Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, March 15, 1908, Section 4, p. 1.
OLD HICKORY'S DESK
Judge Lewis Jordan, formerly of Corydon, Indiana, now chief of a division of the treasury department in Washington, finds recreation and amusement in poking about antique shops and second-hand furniture stores. While nosing around in a Georgetown shop a few weeks ago, he came upon a mahogany desk covered with dirt and showing the neglect of years. He scraped through to the wood and found it to be a remarkably fine bit of mahogany so he took it for $25. When he had peeled off two or three layers of dirt and had cleaned up the drawers, he was amazed to find this inscription, "Presented to His Excellency, Andrew Jackson, by his friend, Caleb Pierce.
Mr. Jordan was delighted and at once began an investigation. He found that the desk was the one that Old Hickory had used while president of the United States. The association of (illegible) who take care of "The Heritage," the old Jackson home near Nashville, are negotiating with Mr. Jordan for the purchase of the desk.
special thanks to Randi Richardson