Senator John Eaton, a close friend of Jackson, had married the widowed daughter of a Washington innkeeper, Margaret (Peggy) ONeill. The local rumor mill ground out gossip that ONeill and Eaton had had an affair prior to her husbands death. The Cabinet wives, led by Mrs. John C. Calhoun, were scandalized and refused to attend events when she was present.
Jackson was not pleased with this tempest, remembering how deeply his late wife had been hurt by scandal-mongering. He resentedCalhouns inability to control his wife and was disappointed when Martin Van Buren alone among the Cabinet officers defended the Eatons. In 1831, Eaton and Van Buren resigned their offices, putting pressure on the other members to do likewise. These resignations gave Jackson the opportunity to appoint Cabinet officers who were loyal to him rather than Calhoun.
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Eaton In 1846, Eaton consisted of three churches, six stores, and at least one newspaper office. Many residents found employment in nearby limestone quarries. During this era, limestone was a common building material. Unfortunately for Eaton residents ... http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1923