Continue to article content He was a slave owner, hostile to the forces of abolitionism that were rising in America.
Edited and updated by Steven Case, March 15, - June 8, Without union our independence and liberty would never have been achieved; without union they never can be maintained.
The loss of liberty, of all good government, of peace, plenty, and happiness, must inevitably follow a dissolution of the Union. Jackson's parents lived in North Carolina but historians debate on which side of the state line the birth took place.
Jackson was the third child and third son of Scots-Irish parents. His father, also named Andrew, died as the result of a logging accident just a few weeks before the future president was born.
Jackson's mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Hutchison Jackson, was by all accounts a strong, independent woman. After her husband's death she raised her three sons at the South Carolina home of one of her sisters. The American Revolution The Declaration of Independence was signed when young Andrew was nine years old and at thirteen he joined the Continental Army as a courier.
The Revolution took a toll on the Jackson family. All three boys saw active service. One of Andrew's older brothers, Hugh, died after the Battle of Stono Ferry, South Carolina inand two years later Andrew and his other brother Robert were taken prisoner for a few weeks in April While they were captives a British officer ordered them to clean his boots.
The boys refused, the officer struck them with his sword and Andrew's hand was cut to the bone. Because of his ill treatment Jackson harbored a bitter resentment towards the British until his death.
Both brothers contracted smallpox during their imprisonment and Robert was dead within days of their release. Later that year Betty Jackson went to Charleston to nurse American prisoners of war. Shortly after she arrived Mrs.
Jackson fell ill with either ship fever or cholera and died. Andrew found himself an orphan and an only child at fourteen. Jackson spent most of the next year and a half living with relatives and for six of those months was apprenticed to a saddle maker.
Public Career After the war Jackson taught school briefly, but he didn't like it and decided to practice law instead.
Inwhen he was seventeen, he went to Salisbury, North Carolina where he studied law for several years. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in September and the following spring began his public career with an appointment as prosecuting officer for the Superior Court in Nashville, Tennessee, which at that time was a part of the Western District of North Carolina.
In June Tennessee was separated from North Carolina and admitted to the Union as the sixteenth state. Jackson was soon afterward elected the new state's first congressman. The following year the Tennessee legislature elected him a U. After his resignation Jackson came home and served for six years as a judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Jackson's military career, which had begun in the Revolution, continued in when he was elected major general of the Tennessee militia. Inafter several devastating campaigns against Native Americans in the Creek War, he was finally promoted to major general in the regular army.
Jackson also later led troops during the First Seminole War in Florida.Facts, information and articles about Andrew Jackson, the 7th US President Andrew Jackson Facts Born March 15, Died June 8, Spouse Rachel Jackson Accomplishments 7th President of the United States In Office March 4, – March 4, Vice President John C.
Calhoun () Martin Van Buren () Other Notable Facts Served . Martin Van Buren was appointed Secretary of State by President Andrew Jackson on March 6, Van Buren served in that capacity from March 28, , to March 23, He was an astute career politician who approached foreign affairs with caution.
History Dept. Keep Andrew Jackson on the $ Critics of the current $20 bill forget the president who made American democracy democratic. At least three times in American history, we have elected presidents with radical, revolutionary agendas: Andrew Jackson in , Franklin Roosevelt in , and Donald Trump in Villain Andrew Jackson had a good heart, but he made selfish choices during his presidency.
The Spoil System Jackson's approach to government was very straight forward. He got rid of the people he didn't like, and hired people who did whatever he said.
Events and Accomplishments of Andrew Jackson's Presidency Jackson was an active executive who vetoed more bills than all previous presidents. He believed in .