As a final chapter in his quest for financial stability in America

As a final chapter in his quest for financial stability in America

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As a final chapter in his quest for financial stability in America, Jackson announced in  December 1834 that the nation would by debt-free on January 1, 1835–the only time in  American history that the government did not owe anyone anything. Jackson distributed  the surplus back to the states, as he had promised in his first message to Congress  nearly eight years before. The election of 1836 seemed to many in the nation to be only a formality. Jackson  remained wildly popular across the nation, and when he expressed a desire to see Van  Buren win, the nation readily agreed. Van Buren won 170 electoral votes, compared to  twenty-four for all of his opponents combined. In his farewell address to the country, Jackson reminded the people, "eternal vigilance 
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