Growing up in Waxhaws area, Jackson received an erratic education. At age 13, he joined a local militia and served as a courier during the Revolutionary War. While in captivity by the British, the brothers contracted smallpox, from which Robert had died. Not long after his brother 's death, in November 1779, Jackson 's mother died of cholera. At the age of 14, he was orphaned. Raised by his uncles, Jackson began studying law in Salisbury, North Carolina, in his late teens. In 1787, he was admitted to the bar and became a lawyer in Jonesborough, an area that is now part of Tennessee.2
After a couple of years of practicing law in settled North Carolina, he accepted a job as public prosecutor. There were few lawyers in what was to be the state of Tennessee, but with land changing hands everyday, and new institutions being founded, there was plenty of legal action, and cheap, rapidly appreciating land to grab for oneself.3 By about 30, he had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives of the new state, and was elected Senator but resigned after one year. He was appointed, on his return from the Senate, a Superior Court Judge, where he proved capable and flamboyant. While remaining on the bench, he sought and won the position of Major General of the Tennessee militia.4
During the War of 1812, he managed - with difficulty due to some enemies he had made - to
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