But Robards didn't get that divorce, thus rendering the Jacksons' subsequent marriage invalid in the eyes of the law and the noses of busybodies. Robards had almost certainly done this deliberately, waiting for evidence of Rachel's second marriage to arrive that proved her "adultery." Still, the divorce was soon cleared up and done with, Jackson and Rachel married a second time to make everything nice and legal, and everyone was happy (except maybe Robards, but seriously, f**k that guy).
And then 1828's presidential election rolled around, and everything went to s**t.
The circ*mstances surrounding the Jacksons' first marriage were hardly scandalous. It was clearly a mistaken assumption on Rachel's part combined with the final dick move of an evil ex. But Jackson's political opponents dug up this "scandal" and tore into Rachel like a murder of crows, calling her a bigamist and an adulteress while somehow simultaneously also painting her as a dumpy, chicken-fried country bumpkin. One newspaper even asked, "Ought a convicted adulteress and her paramour husband to be placed in the highest offices of this free and Christian land?"
via The White House Historical Association
You leave her alone, Cincinnati Gazette!