March 27, 1829: Washington's "society ladies" were shocked when President Andrew Jackson named John Eaton to be his secretary of war. Eaton's wife was said to have had a "lurid" past, and his appointment as war secretary caused some to question the president's judgment. President Jackson didn't care, but Eaton and another supporter — Secretary of State Martin Van Buren — resigned to limit the "scandal."
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