He opened up trade with Japan.
He encouraged the establishment of a home for veterans.
He encouraged Congress to appropriate funds to improve living conditions in DC.
He contributed to the design of the Capitol building.
After he left office, his wife and daughter died within a year. About a year later, he planned a long trip to Europe. “In London, he shared a visitors’ box overlooking the British House of Commons with former President Martin Van Buren.
When he met Queen Victoria, she commented that he was the most handsome man she had ever seen.
Oxford tried to give him an honorary degree, but he turned it down as he was not educated enough. The degree was written in Latin and he felt he could not accept an honor that he could not read.