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Andrew Jackson Essay

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There are many things that set Andrew Jackson apart from other presidents. His policies and personality set him apart from most. Although he was the seventh president, he was the first in many ways. Jackson was the first president to be born in a log cabin, and he was the first president to ride on a railroad train. Along with that, he was the only president to serve in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
     Andrew Jackson was also the first to have a vice-president (John C. Calhoun) resign, he was the first to marry a divorcee, he was the first to be nominated at a national convention, the first to use an informal “Kitchen Cabinet” of advisors, and he was the first president to use the “pocket veto” to kill a congressional bill. While these things are truly incomparable, they are not all that set Andrew Jackson apart from other presidents. Throughout this paper, many more accomplishments in Andrew Jackson’s life will be discussed.
     Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw settlement on the western frontier of South Carolina. He was born into a poor family. Jackson was the third child of Scotch-Irish parents. His father, who was also named Andrew, died in a logging accident just a few days before the birth of his third son and future president. After her husband’s death, Jackson’s mother, Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, raised her three sons at the home of one of her sisters.
     At age 13, Andrew Jackson joined the Continental Army as a courier. The Revolution proved to be a tough time for the Jackson family. Hugh, one of Andrew’s older brothers, died after the battle of Stono Ferry, South Carolina, in 1779. Two years later, Andrew and his other brother, Robert, were taken prisoner for a few weeks. Both Andrew and Robert contracted smallpox during their imprisonment, and Robert died just days after they were released. Later that same year, Andrew’s mother went to Charleston to nurse the American prisoners of war. Not long after she arrived, Elizabeth became ill with what was either smallpox or cholera and died.
     Andrew became an orphan at the age of fourteen, and he went to live with his uncle, a wealthy slave and land owner. When he was seventeen, he moved to Salisbury, North Carolina to study law and was later admitted into the North Carolina Bar. In 1976, Tennessee became the sixteenth state to enter the Union. Not long after that, Jackson was elected Tennessee’s first congressman. The next year, Jackson was elected to be a U.S. senator by the Tennessee legislator. However, he only served on session before he resigned. Following his resignation, he served six years on the Tennessee Supreme Court as a judge.
     Jackson’s military career resurfaced in 1802 when he was named major general of the Tennessee militia. Ten years later, he was give the rank of major general of U.S....

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