North Carolina-Union County-November 12

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 12

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Henry Clay was known as the Great Compromiser. It is ironic that in 1842 Union County got its name because of a dispute between Whigs and Democrats over naming it after Andrew Jackson or Henry Clay. The compromise was it was called Union County.

Map of Union County outlined in red on map below.


Union County was carved out of both Anson to the east and Mecklenberg to its west. The county seat is Monroe, NC. The county courthouse is depicted below.


Several key figures in North Carolina history were born or resided in Union County at some point.  The most notable claim is that of Andrew Jackson’s birthplace.


Some historians believe that Jackson, the seventh president of the nation, was born in his family’s log cabin at Ligget’s Branch, near the Twelve Mile Creek.


On March 15, 1767, Jackson was born, but it is unclear whether his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, had traveled to her relative’s house in South Carolina to give birth or if she remained at the family cabin in North Carolina.  Andrew Jackson himself believed that he was born in South Carolina, and it was only fifteen years after his death that North Carolina historians began to argue their claim that the seventh president was a North Carolina citizen.

The states both claim to be the birthplace of Andrew Jackson. Doesn’t look like anytime soon there will be a compromise on that.




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