The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 521
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increase in value enabled him to satisfy the government judg-
ment and at the same time to establish himself comfortably.
He was not long inactive politically, but suffered several de-
feats before entering the legislature. Here he won enduring
fame for his work on the Louisiana codes. He did an enormous
amount of work on several, but the Louisiana Civil Code re-
mains to this day a living memorial to honor him. His ideas
on the Criminal Code, though not altogether accepted, estab-
lished him as a humanitarian far in advance of his day. Work
on the codes alone justifies Beard's rating Livingston as "one
of the most remarkable figures in American history."
Association with Jackson began during Livingston's first con-
gressional experience, and was renewed in the defense of New
Orleans. His second congressional activity coincided with Jack-
son's rise to political power. Formerly he was a champion of
Jeffersonian Republicanism, and now became a tower of de-
fense for Jacksonian Democracy. In Jefferson's day Livingston
won the admiration of Madison and Marshall as an expounder
of the Constitution, and again in the time of Webster, Clay, and
Calhoun he reinforced his standing-adding the crowning arch
with his vigorous Proclamation of December 10 in answer to the
Nullifiers. He was always a staunch Democrat, though some-
what cynical of the uncertain loyalty of the "great unwashed
majority." Livingston warmed to the discriminating praise of
thinking men everywhere, but he seemed to yearn for Jackson's
approval. Whenever in good conscience he could follow the
General's lead he did so with the greatest good will and enthu-
siasm. Jackson's ability to command the unstinted devotion
of such capable and contrasting characters as Van Buren,
Francis P. Blair, and Livingston warrants the historical appel-
lation of the "Jackson Period."
Hatcher offers conclusive proof in the preface, footnotes, and
essay on critical authorities that he exerted every effort to
examine all sources in order to show forth the true character
and full life of one "of superior talents" who has been almost
overlooked and forgotten. It was rather painful to the reviewer
to have his political ideal, Thomas Jefferson, convicted in his
own words of influencing Madison to pack the Federal courts
in order to protect himself from an anticipated lawsuit. I
wonder what our present-day "Jeffersonian Democrats," who
rang the changes with loud alarms when Roosevelt's judicial
plans were before Congress, will think when they read the pro-
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