The Presidents of the USA

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Andrew Jackson
1829-1837


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birthplace

Waxhaw, NC

birthday

March 15

Life

1767-1845

age

OFC:61 , d. 78

party

Democratic

presidency highlights

The Bank War — The start of the Indian Removal

nickname:

Old Hickory

vice-president:

John Calhoun (1829-32),none (1832-33),Martin van Buren (1833-37)
picture of President Andrew Jackson

previous office

Military Governor of Florida

key background fact:

A war hero and a symbol of the rise of "the common man"

occupation

Soldier, Lawyer

military service

Major General of U.S. Army -War of 1812 (hero of New Orleans battle)

children

wife:

Rachel Donelson Robards (1791)

height

6' 1'' / 1.85 m

higher education

None (read law)

religion

Presbyterian

 

quote

"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."

actions & events

  • 1830 Indian Removal Act
  • 1832 South Carolina's nullification crisis over taxes
  • 1835 "The Trail of Tears". Cherokees forced to move.

economy

  • 1832 The Bank War. Veto for rechartering of the Second Bank
  • 1836 Specie Circular: Attempt to restrict land speculation

foreign affairs

  •  Texas wins independence

military activity

  • 1836 Alamo. 6000 Mexicans defeat 190 Americans after 12 days fight

unique facts

  • The only president held as prisoner of war (at 13, in the Revolution)
  • First to organize a "Kitchen Cabinet" & "Spoils System"
  • First president on a train.

interesting

He was born in a log cabin. The first president who was not upper class.
Involved in several duels. He had a bullet from a duel in his chest since 1806.

military activity

  • 1836 Alamo. 6000 Mexicans defeat 190 Americans after 12 days fight

Legacy

Historians see in him both the best and the worst of the new Republic. Associated with the movement toward increased popular participation in government, the "Jacksonian democracy".

Meeting of the "kitchen cabinet"

Meeting of the