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 Floride Bonneau <I>Calhoun</I> Calhoun

Floride Bonneau Calhoun Calhoun

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 25 Jul 1866 (aged 74)
Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 12260832 · View Source
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Historical Figure. Wife of Senator/Vice President John C. Calhoun (1782-1850). Official Hostess accepting First Lady duties in place of the late Rachel Jackson during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson Famous for snubbing Peggy Eaton wife of Secretary of War John H. Eaton. An Ordeal that was the beginning of the end of the Andrew Jackson/ John C. Calhoun presidency. Floride Bonneau Colhoun married her first-cousin-once-removed, John C. Calhoun, on Jan. 8, 1811. Shortly after she and John were married, Floride was thrust into political life as the wife of a U.S. representative. Before she turned 25, Floride had four children: Andrew Pickens (1811-1865), Floride Pure (1814-1815), Jane (1816-1816) and Anna Maria (1817-1875). James Monroe picked Calhoun as secretary of war in 1817. The Family moved from South Carolina to Washington D.C. Floride was accepted into Washington society and enjoyed socializing and entertaining. In 1825, she was placed in the spotlight of Washington society as the wife of the vice president under John Quincy Adams. In 1829 her husband would become Vice President under Andrew Jackson. During this time she had six more children Elizabeth (1819-1820), Patrick (1821-1858), John Jr. (1823-1855), Martha Cornelia (1824-1857), James Edward (1826-1861) and William Lowndes (1829-1858). Also in 1829 is when Floride would go into the history books when she was involved in the famous "Peggy Eaton Affair." Peggy Eaton did not have the best reputation before she married John Eaton. The scandal was known in all social circles. Andrew Jackson had asked John C. Calhoun to ask Floride to make Mrs. Eaton Feel welcome. Jackson was used to scandal, his beloved wife Rachel endured all the talk and criticism during Jackson's run for The Presidency, it was enough for Rachel to suffer so much anguish that she suffered a fatal Heart Attack and die before her husband took office in December 1828. When Floride refused to return the visit of the Eaton's Jackson was furious, and Calhoun of course sided with his wife. This even combined with other growing tensions would cause Jackson and Calhoun to go their separate ways. Calhoun left the office of Vice President, and all his hopes of being President were lost forever. In 1832 Calhoun returned to the U.S. Senate. Floride moved back to South Carolina, and lived the somber life of a Plantation wife. In early April 1850, Floride received the tragic news that her husband of 39 years had died in Washington on March 31. The statesman was buried in St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Charleston. Tragedy continued to strike the Calhoun family. During the decade before the Civil War, five other children died John Jr., Cornelia, Patrick, Willy and James. Even though she mourned the loss of four sons, the death of Cornelia was especially painful. Cornelia, crippled since childhood, had been her mother's constant companion. She sold her home to her surviving son Andrew. Andrew died in 1865. Floride followed a year later. Out of 10 children Floride was only survived by one her daughter Anna. Floride was buried next to her children, not her husband.


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  • Created by: The Perplexed Historian
  • Added: 5 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12260832
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Floride Bonneau Calhoun Calhoun (15 Feb 1792–25 Jul 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12260832, citing Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pendleton, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by The Perplexed Historian (contributor 46589271) .