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The use of a donkey for Jackson did indeed begin in the 1828 campaign. But the cartoon "The Modern Balaam and his Ass" in which it symbolized his PARTY is from 1837. It depicts Jackson AFTER leaving the Presidency still trying to direct his recalcitrant party, specifically in the matter of banking controversy of the day. (So he is depicted, just like Balaam in the book of Numbers, beating his donkey when it stops and refuses to move.... because it saw a sword-bearing angel in the path. Numbers 22:21-33)

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