Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

US President

Andrew Jackson was an American lawyer, planter, general, and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, he gained fame as a general in the U.S. Army and served in both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Full Name
Mar 15, 1767
Jun 8, 1845
Net Worth


Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 in the Waxhaws region of South Carolina. He was the third child of Scots-Irish immigrants Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchingson Jackson. His father died three weeks before his birth, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings alone.

At age 13, Jackson joined the local militia to fight against the British during the American Revolution. Following the war, he attended a school in Salisbury, North Carolina and read law with an established lawyer to become a practicing attorney. In 1788 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began a successful legal practice there. 

In 1796, Jackson ran for Congress as a delegate from Tennessee and won overwhelmingly. He also became active in state politics and in 1798 was elected as Tennessee's first U.S. Senator. After leaving Congress he served as a judge on Tennessee's superior court from 1804-1814. 

In 1812, Jackson was appointed major general of the U.S. Army forces in the Southwest Territory (now Alabama). That same year he led U.S. forces against Native American tribes in Florida and won several decisive victories at Pensacola, Mobile, Talladega, Tohopeka Creek (Horseshoe Bend) and New Orleans. The success of these campaigns earned him national fame as "Old Hickory," which helped propel him into the presidency in 1828 when he defeated John Quincy Adams by a landslide victory of 178 electoral votes to 83 electoral votes.  

During his two terms in office (1829-1837), President Andrew Jackson initiated sweeping reforms within the executive branch that drastically reduced federal bureaucracy and promoted greater democracy among citizens by granting more rights to lower class citizens such as voting rights for white males who did not own property or pay taxes. He also supported Indian removal policies that resulted in Native American tribes being forcibly relocated from their lands east of Mississippi River to lands west of it . His time as president has been considered one of the most influential periods of American history during which he left an indelible mark on U.S politics today

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1767</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Andrew Jackson is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On March 15, 1767, Andrew Jackson was born in Waxhaws, South Carolina.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1781</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Captured by the British</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jackson was captured by the British during the Revolutionary War at age 14.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1784</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Reads Law and Becomes a Lawyer</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">At age 17, Jackson read law and was admitted to the bar.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1802</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Elected to US House of Representatives</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jackson was elected to the US House of Representatives from Tennessee.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1812</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Commander in Chief of US Army</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jackson was appointed Commander in Chief of the US Army.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1828</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">7th President of the United States</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jackson was elected 7th President of the United States.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1837</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Retires from Presidency</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jackson retires from the presidency after serving two terms.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He Fought for the Common Man</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Andrew Jackson was a champion for the common man and worked to ensure that everyone had an equal chance at success. He championed the rights of working people, small business owners, and farmers, and fought against any kind of corruption or favoritism. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Expanded the Powers of the Presidency</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Andrew Jackson was the first president to truly expand the powers of the presidency. He believed in a strong executive branch, and while he did not abuse his power, he used it to lead the country in new and different directions.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Was a Compassionate Leader</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Andrew Jackson was known for his compassion and understanding towards those who were less fortunate than him. He believed in equality for all, no matter their race or social standing, and fought for the rights of Native Americans and African Americans throughout his tenure as president.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First President to Survive an Assassination Attempt</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Andrew Jackson is the first president to survive an assassination attempt. On January 30, 1835, a man tried to shoot him with two pistols, but both misfired and he was able to escape.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> The People's President</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Andrew Jackson was the first "people's president" because he was the first president to be elected by the people rather than by the Electoral College.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> The Indian Removal Act</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Andrew Jackson was responsible for passing the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which relocated Native Americans from their ancestral lands in the southeastern United States to land west of the Mississippi River.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Defeated at the Battle of New Orleans</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Despite being victorious in the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson was defeated at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 by British forces.</p></div>

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Survived a Duel</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Andrew Jackson survived a duel with a local attorney named Charles Dickinson in 1806. Dickinson fired first and hit Jackson in the chest, but Jackson refused to fire back until Dickinson had fired twice more, killing him instantly.</p></div>


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