The Life and Times of Andrew Jackson


             Andrew Jackson was a very provocative man for his times. He had many radical ideas for his times. This and other reasons are why he became the Seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. During his presidency, things focused on will be both the highs and the lows of his two terms in office, from 1829-1837. Some of the issues that are focused upon on are states' rights, nullification, the tariff, the spoils system, Indian removal and banking policies; these controversies brought forth-strong rivalry over his years of president. He was known for his iron will and fiery personality, and strong use of the powers of his office that made his years of presidency to be known as the "Age of Jackson." .

             Andrew Jackson was born in Waxhaw Settlement, South Carolina on March 15, 1767. His parents Andrew Jackson (father) and Elizabeth Hutchington (mother) had three children together. They were Hugh Jackson, Andrew Jackson, and another Robert Jackson. In Jackson's childhood, he had a bad reputation because he had a quick temper. He grew up with people who were ready to fight at any time to defend their honor. He later became known to do the same for himself. Whenever a boy played a joke on Jackson, Jackson would challenge him to a fight. As a young boy, everyone said that Jackson "never gave up". His mother wanted him to be a minister when he grew up. In the year 1781 Andrew's mother died of cholera while comforting cousins. He was raised in the home of his aunt, Jane Crawford. Jackson's mother would frequently tell her boys stories about war and their grandfather and how he fought in wars. This made Jackson want to be part of a war. At the young age of thirteen during the American Revolution he served as an orderly Colonel William Richardson Davie, carrying messages. Following a minor engagement, the British captured him and his brother. When Andrew refused to clean the muddy boots of an officer, the officer took out his sword and cut Andrew across the fore head and left hand which left him scarred for a lifetime.

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