I have posted at Huffington Post a quick overview of the longstanding tradition of violence among our political leaders. Indeed, our leaders have included some bloody and short-tempered folks, from Burton Gwinnett in 1777 to Strom Thurmond in 1964.
I decided to leave out our most violent national leader, Andrew Jackson. Sure, Jackson did kill a man in a duel, Charles Dickinson, but it was not over a political disagreement. And he also engaged in a shootout with Thomas Hart Benton,and his brother, but that also was not really a political contretemps.
And heaven knows how many soldiers, Indians, and others died as a result of Jackson’s military career, but that’s organized and sanctioned killing — also not the subject of the blog post.