Andrew Jackson Introduction

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Andrew Jackson

"Every good citizen makes his county's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protections while he gives it." This quote by Andrew Jackson reflects his views as a president, military leader, and American citizen. He was the seventh president of the United States. He was born on March 15,1767 in North Carolina and died on June 8,1845 in Nashville, Tennessee. Over his life, he had many accomplishment; his biggest was becoming president. He was strong military leader and a rousing politician. He held many different political positions before his presidency. However, this is not where his story begins. It begins in a small cabin in a settlement named the Waxhaws. Childhood:

Andrew Jackson was born in a log cabin in the Waxhaws in North Carolina. His father died before Jackson was born leaving his mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Hutchison Jackson, with two older sons, Hugh and Robert Jackson, and newborn Andrew. She raised them by herself under her sister's roof. Little is known about his childhood, but his education was very minuet for he only attended a small back-woods school. Young Jackson enlisted in the Continental Army at nine years old during the American Revolution. His oldest brother, Hugh, was killed at the Battle of Saratoga and two years after his brother's death, he and his other brother Robert were taken prisoner after the battle of Hanging Rock. They were taken to a British prison named Camden. Here, Jackson and his brother suffered from starvation and Jackson suffered serious brutality. In one instance, Jackson suffered a serious sword cut on the arm for refusing to clean a British officer's boots. This incident helped him harbor his hate for the British until his death. While at Camden, he and his brother Robert contracted a serious case of the smallpox. Their mother organized their release from prison and tried to...
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