Who was Andrew Jackson?

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Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. He was born on March 15, 1767 and died in June 8, 1845.

During the American Revolutionary War, Jackson’s family supported the revolutionary cause.  He acted as a young courier delivering messages to soldiers. He became a lawyer, and in 1796 he was in Nashville and helped found the state of Tennessee. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and then to the U. S. Senate. In 1801, Jackson was appointed colonel in the Tennessee militia, which became his political as well as military base. Jackson owned hundreds of slaves who worked on the Hermitage plantation which he acquired in 1804. Jackson’s army helped to gain the treaty which formally transferred Florida from Spain to the United States in 1819. Andrew Jackson was nominated for president in 1824 but he lost to John Quincy Adams. Jackson’s supporters then founded what became the Democratic Party which helped expand voters rights to any white male regardless of wealth or property ownership. He was nominated again in 1828 and became the president in 1829-1837.

Andrew Jackson over used his power. He thought he knew what was best for the “common man” of America.  Jackson vetoed the charter of the National Bank. One of the reasons why Jackson vetoed the National Bank was because it was run by the rich people from the northeast. The bank died and the effect on the American economy was a five year economic depression including record high unemployment. Jackson also forced the Native Americans to move west. Five tribes were affected and many Native Americans died.

Why do you think people picture Andrew Jackson as a king?  Do you think Jackson’s idea to destroy the National Bank was a good idea?

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People picture him as a king because he over used his power by rejecting congress’ law. I don’t think Jackson’s action of destroying the National Bank was a great idea since this affected America with five years of economic depression.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

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