Born on March 15, 1767 in the Waxhaws region of the Carolina’s to Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson—Andrew Jackson was brought into the world in quite a trying time. Andrew Jackson was able to attend public school, but at the young age of fourteen was sucked into the Revolutionary War, as he (along with his brother), volunteered to fight the British. When the war finally ended Jackson survived the battle, but his brother Hugh did not make it out alive. After powering through battle Andrew and his other brother (Robert) contracted smallpox—unfortunately, Jackson’s brother passed away, but Andrew powered through and made a full recovery. Shortly after Andrew’s sister fell ill with cholera, a bacterial infection caused by food as a result of nursing sick soldiers back to health post-war, and unfortunately did not make it. Once things started to normalize as best as they could, Jackson decided to venture into the legal field when simultaneously teaching schools in Salisbury, North Carolina. In order to become a licensed lawyer, he apprenticed with prominent lawyers for about three years and earned his license to practice law.
Jackson went on to practice law for quite some time and began to feel the urge to explore the world of politics. As a result, Jackson started laying out the foreground for the formation of the state of Tennessee, which is where he learned about social structure and land expansion. Through this he got the opportunity to serve as a delegate to the Tennessee constitutional convention where he consistently lobbied the congress for statehood. Unfortunately, soon after the War of 1812 commenced, and Jackson offered his assistance to the president at the time, James Madison. Jackson was given the opportunity to serve as a major general and lead 1,500 men successfully through battle despite every curve ball that was thrown his way. Following this Jackson went to fight many battles—and because of his dedication he was offered a spot serving as the governor of Florida, which was a huge milestone as this was the first governorship in Florida’s history. When Jackson ended his position as governor, he decided to make the trek back to Tennessee, where he was nominated for presidency in 1822. As a result, he served as U.S. senate while awaiting the election of 1824 but was defeated by John Quincy Adams. Jackson then spent the years following devoting his life to his next presidential campaign. Through his hard work and devotion, he beat Adams by a landslide in the next presidential election.
Andrew Jackson was sworn in on March 4, 1829 and immediately got to work. People viewed Andrew Jackson as a modern president, as he was the founder of the democracy—which is marked as the oldest and first political parties in the history of the United States. Jackson’ s main goal within his presidency was to help the everyday, common working man. Jackson made it possible for every white male to vote regardless of property or tax, marking the first suffrage movement in the nation. Within his presidency he was also able to regulate tariffs through the Ordinance of Nullification and substantially increased global trade, specifically with Great Britain. Along with this he was able to reduce corruption in government and create a better, safer, and more secure environment. Within his last term he was able to authorize the exploration by creating laws like the United States Exploring Expedition—thus making expansion a very feasible notion within the states.
Once Jackson finished both terms as president, he remained quite active in the dispersal of the democratic process—he even got to see the rest of his policies carried out through his political confidante and successor, Martin Van Buren. Unfortunately, Jackson passed away on June 8, 1845 at the age of 78 from heart failure. Overall, Jackson made a huge impact on the U.S. and laid out the overarching frame of success to make the nation the powerhouse it is today!
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