Elvis Has Left the Library

Auctioneers in Tennessee will open the bidding this week on the signed library checkout card of 13-year old Elvis Presley.  Librarians at Humes High School in Memphis had previously found the card when weeding the stacks.  The book which the young King checked out was The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson For Young Readers.
The library card is predicted to fetch $4,000., along with other Elvis items like an empty prescription bottle for Tetracycline and a Colt revolver from Elvis’ personal arsenal.
Elvis G-Man badge.

Elvis died 35 years ago this month.  Andrew Jackson, a former Superior Court judge and U.S. Senator in Tennessee, led forces in New Orleans in the War of 1812, which War is commemorating a 200 year-anniversary. But Old Hickory did not use a Colt revolver to shoot Creek Indians.

The book is co-authored by Bessie Rowland James and her husband, Marquis James.  Marquis was a reporter who was involved in the founding of The New Yorker in 1925, and Bessie wrote a book on Anne Royall, an early 19th century muckraker and activist firebrand.

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