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Andrew Jackson, born in 1767 was a child of poor
Scotch-Irish immigrants. He ended up with enough
education Jacksons father died before he was born.
The Revolutionary War started soon after he was
born. It was very bloody in the wild and poor
country where they lived. Jackson at the age of
13, joined a regiment. He was captured by the
British, was wounded and nearly killed by a sword
to the face for not polishing a British officers
boots. He and his brother, imprisoned together,
caught smallpox.

Jacksons mother got the boys
released, but his brother died on the long trip
home. His mother later went to tend wounded
American prisoners and was fatally stricken by By
his 30s Jackson had been elected a member of the
United States House of Representatives of
Tennessee and was senator, but resigned after one
year. During The War of 1812, Jackson had some
difficulties due to some enemies he made. In
between overcoming various Indian tribes they won
the war. After most of the capitol city of
Washington was burned by the British, the
Americans Jackson became a United States Major
General- this was very different from a state
militia Major General. He continued to have
military successes, though in his invasion of
Spanish Florida, he got the reputation of being a
kind of In 1821, Jackson, at the age of 54 was in
a very dangerous state of health.

He, like many
other southerners had defended his Honor in 2 or 3
duels and 1 shoot-out. He took two bullets. One
lodged beside his heart and the other At about
this time, the Hero of New Orleans was perhaps the
most popular man in the country. He received a
Favorite Son endorsement for the presidency from
his state of Tennessee. Believing that Washington
had become a Sink or corruption, he felt called to
work for the office. To gain credibility, he ran
for and won a seat in the Senate.

This time, in
his maturity, he handled the job well, making a
favorable impression on the old government hands.
Many of which had expected a wild man dressed in
buckskins. Jackson immediately made peace with
Thomas Hart Benton, who once said Jackson would
thrash in the streets of Nashville. Thomas, with
the company of his brother, left a bullet in
Jacksons arm in one of his duels. They became
close allies. Jackson was bitterly disappointed in
1824 by a 4-way race in which he won a substantial
plurality, but lost to John Quincy Adams in the
House of Representatives. In 1828, Jackson won a
landslide victory.

The new Democratic party, which
he helped forge, brought a temporary end to all
the fighting and arguing of the parties in
American politics. This time was sometimes called
the Era of Good Feelings On December 22, 1928, a
few weeks before Jacksons inauguration, he was
thrown into a deep sadness, caused by the death of
his wife. He believed that she had died because of
the abusive attacks by the press of the other
side. Jackson at times would use his power and
authority as a Hot-Headed man, going into
simulated rages. And at other times, he could
appear as the most courteous Gentleman Even though
his wife had just passed away, he made it to his
inauguration. The morning was bright and clear.
Yet there was still snow on the ground which made
it very muddy.

As Andrew looked out of his window,
he saw all of the people coming to Washington to
shake his hand. Usually the inauguration was a
very peaceful and quiet event. Not this time! All
of the guests were his friends. In their muddy
boots, self-made coon-hats, and many other
irregular clothes, the northwestern fur traders,
mountain men, hunters, and old soldiers came
marching to the White House. They broke through
the lines of guards and came crashing through the
front door. They ripped clothes, smashed fine
china and glasses, and climbed on $150 chairs
ruining them.

In order to get all of these vandals
out, the butlers and organizers moved all of the
punch bowls and food trays During Jacksons
presidency, he took care of many major events. One
was his refusal to submit to South Carolina. They
said they would make their own country, because
they did not want to pay the ridiculously high
federal tariffs. He rejected the principal they
tried to establish that a state could decide on
its own whether federal laws applied He eliminated
the second Bank of the United States. This was a
very interesting move. On the one hand, the bank
had done much to provide a stable environment in
which business could operate.

But on the other
hand, they were a private monopoly given a huge
privileged place in the economy, and they used
their influence to try to affect He carried on a
strong and generally successful diplomacy, getting
amends from countries which had damaged United
States shipping during The War of 1812. He did
much to push the Indians to the west of the
Mississippi. This formed the Trail of Tears,
called so because thousands of Indians died due to
disease or His government eliminated the National
Debt for the first time. Jackson did a great deal
of belt-tightening and eliminated corrupt public
officials. Mostly though the federal government
benefited by the massive migration to the west,
and consequently profited from the sale of public
Because of the strong opposition he created in
Congress and elsewhere, a cohesive new party of
opposition (the In 1832, campaign for Jacksons
reelection was fought in the midst of two crises.
One was triggered by Jacksons veto to renew the
Banks charter. It did not have to be renewed until
1836 but was brought for renewal in 1832 out of
political considerations by Jacksons opposition.
The other crises was South Carolinas pending

Jacksons Vice President was a South
Carolinian and he resigned before his term was
over so he could assume a seat in the Senate.
Jackson again won by a landslide, with the help of
his expert political manager, Martin Van Buren.
Van Buren won the presidency in 1836, but served
only one term. He was growing unpopular when in
1837, a deposition struck. Many blamed this on
Jacksons slaying of On Sunday, June 8, 1845, the
doctor came to the White House to check on the
very ill Andrew Jackson. All of his servants were
crowded around the chair he was sitting in.
Jackson said good bye to all of them, and kissed
and blessed all of his family. He then removed the
small picture of his wife, Rachel, that he wore
around his neck and put it on their daughter
Little Rachel. He told her to wear it at all

Then as everybody wept, he told them not to
cry, and promised that they would all meet each
other again in A few hours later Jacksons good
friend, Sam Houston, rushed into the room to find
a white faced dead Jackson. He was sitting in his
chair as stiff as a statue. He dropped to his
knees, and wept. When he stood up he grabbed a
nearby boy and told him My son, try to remember
that you have looked upon the face of Andrew
Jackson. One of the greatest Two days after
Jackson died friends and family buried him in the
garden right next to his wife Rachel. The That was
all it said, but it was enough.

Overall, the Era
of Jackson was a big step for America. He made
many of good decisions, and some bad actions as
president. I would still name him one of the
Bibliography: 1) Coit, Margaret. Andrew Jackson .
Boston: Riverside Press Cambridge, 1965. 2)
Jackson, Andrew. Young Peoples Encyclopedia of the
United States.

2nd edition. 1992-1993. 3) Jackson,
Andrew. America Online. May 7, 1999. Online

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