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Antonio Gabriele Buchignani

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Husband of Peggy O'Neale

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In 1856, John Henry Eaton followed Jackson, leaving Peggy a widow once again.

One more scandal rocked Peggy�s life, when on June 7, 1859, 59-year-old Peggy married the 19-year-old dancing master of her grandchildren, Antonio Buchignani. Once again, Peggy was ostracized, but reporters and writers still came to her for stories of her famous past and her thoughts on Jackson�s administration. They still found Peggy admirable and fascinating, still outspoken. One reporter wrote �when at all excited, her beautiful, fiery eyes gleam and sparkle with original fire.� Another said, �...she held that powerful influence over men that requires a master mind no less than a lovely face.� Peggy�s last marriage was a bitter failure, ending when Buchignani stole all of her money and ran off with her granddaughter, Emily, with whom he had two children. Peggy later divorced him, but he never married Emily.

Peggy lived the remaining years of her life with her grandson, John. Near the end of her life, she said, �I am not afraid to die, but this is such a beautiful world to leave.� On November 9, 1789, after a long illness, Peggy died. She was buried next to John Eaton in Oak Hill Cemetery, among the graves of other leaders of Washington society. The New York Times reported, �Doubtless among the dead populating the terraces are some of her assailants and cordially as they may have hated her, they are now her neighbors.�

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