Quotation by Andrew Jackson

I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King—my republican feelings and principles forbid it—the simplicity of our system of government forbids it.
Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, March 27, 1845, to Jesse Duncan Elliott, VI, 391.

Jackson had been offered a sarcophagus from Palestine believed to have been made for the Roman Emperor Severus.
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