Andrew Jackson was president from 1828 to 1836. He is famous as a war hero, a strong and fearless leader, and most of all, a representative for the common man. His actions as president began a new political era. Unlike the other presidents of the time that were born into wealthy families, Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 and grew up on a poor farm in South Carolina. His father died shortly after his birth. At age thirteen, he joined the militia with his older brother, and fought in the Revolutionary War. In 1781, they were taken prisoner by the British. Legend has it that while he was captive he refused to shine a British officer’s boots, and was struck by a sword, leaving scars on his face. Towards the end of the war they were released. Jackson’s brother and mother died of smallpox. Andrew Jackson’s experiences in the Revolutionary War left him with a life-long hatred towards the British. He was orphaned by age 14, and had a wild and reckless youth. Jackson moved to Tennessee and became a lawyer and plantation owner. However, his quick temper got him into many brawls and duels. Bullets in his body from two duels sometimes caused him pain. Jackson’s humble background and reputation for toughness gained him the support of the people. He fought in the War of 1812 and was a famous hero in the battle of New Orleans. In 1824 regional differences in the United States lead to a fierce fight over the presidency. The Democratic-Republican party split apart, with four men hoping to become president. John Quincy Adams, the secretary of state, was New England’s choice for president. Candidates from the South included William Crawford of Georgia. Candidates form the West were Henry Clay, “The Great Compromiser,” and war hero Andrew Jackson. With so many well-known people running for president, the competition was intense. Andrew Jackson won the most popular votes. However, he did not win the majority of electoral...
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