Andrew Jackson 7th President
As a child, he just couldn't get along. He was born at a settlement in South Carolina as the third son of the Jackson family on March 15, 1767. His father died a few days before his birth. His mother died of smallpox when he was 14. He had a terrible education and fought a lot. This started the road to being known as one of the most uneducated Presidents. In his late teens he read law for about two years. He later became a notable lawyer in Tennessee.
Andrew Jackson married Rachael Donelson Robards in Nashville, Tennessee on January 17, 1794. They did not know that Mrs. Jackson's divorce from her first husband was not yet final. This caused a lot of gossip hurting Mrs. Jackson. Mrs. Jackson preferred to settle things.
Jackson was a powerful rival to anyone who could be a threat to him. In 1805, he killed Charles Dickinson in a duel. Captain Joseph Ervin made a bet with Jackson over a horse race. Rachel, Jackson's wife, did not agree with their bet. Ervin's son in law (Dickinson) started brawling with Mrs. Jackson and Jackson got involved. Later, Dickinson published a statement calling him a "coward" and a "worthless scoundrel." Jackson wanted to end this fight so he challenged Dickinson to a duel and they chose guns as their weapons. Dickinson took the first shot and destroyed two of Jackson's ribs. Jackson fired and hit him below the ribs. Dickinson cried in pain and eventually bled to death while Jackson walked away. Jackson's wound never healed properly and the bullet was never taken out. This caused him pain for his last thirty-nine years of life.
Andrew Jackson ran for President twice against John Quincy Adams as the Democratic Party's candidate. Everyone referred to the 1824 election as the "stolen election" because he had enough popular votes to be President but the electoral voters weren't too nice to Jackson and he lost. In his second try for President during the campaign of 1828 he succeeded over Adams with his running mate John C. Calhoun. He crushed Adams in electoral votes 178 to 83. In popular votes he beat him 647,292 to 507,730. The reason he won this time around was because more people were on his side in this election.
Jackson spoke for the common people as a President. He disagreed with the Second Bank of the U.S., a private corporation when it asked for a charter. He believed that the bank worked for the benefit of the "richer" people. He vetoed the bank bill and the bank supporters did not have enough votes to overrule him so the bank ceased to exist.
He was cruel to Indians. He passed the Indian Removal Act. This act made Indians leave their home and go to the west. Most Indians died in their journey west and the move was called "the Trail of Tears." About a million acres of land were cleared this way.
After his presidency, he retired to his home near Nashville, Tennessee. He was still into the politics though. If he hadn't been planning everything, Martin Van Buren's President career wouldn't have been ensured. On June 8, 1845 Jackson died from tuberculosis in his home. He is buried next to his wife.
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