UT Library gets Andrew Jackson’s Bible

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee says a Bible in which President Andrew Jackson’s family recorded household births, marriages and deaths for more than a half-century now belongs to its libraries.

The libraries recently acquired the Bible with money from endowments and donations from members of UT Library Society.

It will be preserved and housed in the John C. Hodges Library and will be on display in the special collections reading room later this month.

Jackson was a hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 and he later became the seventh U.S. president. His family estate in Nashville, the Hermitage, is a historic site.

Steven Smith, dean of UT Libraries, calls the Bible a treasure of national significance.