On January 30th, 1835, the funeral of Congressman Davis from South Carolina had drawn quite the crowd. Among the attendees were President Andrew Jackson and Congressman David Crockett (Anti-Jacksonian, TN), there to pay their respects; also in attendance was one Richard Lawrence, there to bust a cap in the Prez.
Unable to get close enough as Jackson entered the building, he waited out front and tried to back-shoot him as the President exited. Both of Lawrence's percussion-fired pistols misfired, however, possibly due to soggy powder charges, and he was tackled by Congressman Crockett and other bystanders, while the President of the United States assisted the process with several manful thwacks from his cane.
Jackson may have been a pocket imperialist, a wannabe genocidal land-grabber, and a power-hungry politician to the core, but he was obviously a mensch. I just can't picture, say, Jimmy Carter or Bush the Elder using a stick to try and stomp the piss out of an assailant. (Or Nancy Pelosi wrestling him to the ground...)