John H. Eaton, a good friend of Jackson, was rumored to be having an affair with the married Peggy O'Neale in 1820. Peggy O'Neale's husband died in 1828. Shortly afterward, Peggy O'Neale and John H. Eaton were wed. Jackson then named Eaton as his secretary of war. Calhoun's wife led the rest of the "cabinet wives" in protest, refusing to acknowledge Peggy as a cabinet wife. Jackson demanded that they accept Peggy as a cabinet wife. Calhoun refused due to pressure from his wife. Martin Van Buren had no wife to pressure him, and he welcomed Peggy to the cabinet, giving Jackson a favorable view of Van Buren. Many cabinet members quit over this incident.