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Andrew Jackson



Lesson: 50


Writing Assignment: Write a two-to-three-page paper on one of the following topics:

Summarize the life and career of one of the presidents discussed this week:

1. James Monroe
2. John Quincy Adams
3. Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 to immigrant Scots-Irish farming parents. His father died shortly after he was born and he was raised by his mother and uncles. He lived a modest lifestyle.

When he was thirteen, he joined the militia that his older brothers belonged to. He joined unofficially as a courier since he was too young for active duty. Shortly after the Revolutionary War started, he and one of his brothers were captured by British soldiers and in the case of his brother, starved to death. He himself, received a scar from a sword wound that would stay with him all his life. His mother lobbied greatly for their release but sadly his brother died just before his release. Shortly afterwards, his mother died as well and left young Andrew Jackson without any close or immediate family.

He decided to go into law, and he studied then took his exam. After passing the bar exam, he set up a practice in Jonesborough, quickly gaining a good reputation. Something that was very good for someone with no family connections or help.

Besides being the 7th president of the United States, he also served as a Congressman, Senator of Tennessee, and  established his home, The Hermitage, a large plantation with many slaves on it during the years of 1788 through 1804.

During the war of 1812, he returned to active service. Jackson was known for his bravery, success and stubbornness, the last of these which led to his nickname: “Old Hickory”. He was the lead commander at the Battle of New Orleans, the last battle of the War of 1812.  

He ran for president against John Admas in 1821, but the votes were in a three-way tie by the end. The congress put it to a vote and John Adams won. Jackson was furious and he believed that Adams had cheated and spent the next 4 years of Adams’ presidency, stirring up unrest and distrust towards Adams. That was helped along by Adams’ high taxes and Tariffs for his building projects. When the election of 1828 came around, he won by a landslide.

He started the Jacksonian 2nd Party, and was strongly against debt. He worked relentlessly to get the U.S. out of debt and in 1836 he succeeded.

He married a woman and adopted her son. He also adopted two orphaned Indian boys. He died in 1845 on June 8th due to led poisoning from two bullets in his leg. His image is on the 20-dollar bill.


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