7th U.S. President: Andrew Jackson

About the seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson, his birth, death, biography, description, facts and quotes.

7th President ANDREW JACKSON

Born: March 15, 1767, in the frontier region known as "The Waxhaws" along the border between North and South Carolina. Both States claim the honor of being Andrew Jackson's birthplace.

Died: June 8, 1845, in his plantation home "The Hermitage" near Nashville, Tenn.

Career: Volunteer in Revolutionary forces at age 14, gambler, cockfighting enthusiast, lawyer, public prosecutor in Tennessee Territory, member of House of Representatives, U.S. senator, superior court judge, speculator in land, slaves, and race horses, "major general of volunteers" in the War of 1812, and hero of the Battle of New Orleans. Defeated presidential candidate in bitterly contested election of 1824.

Personal Life: Jackson married Rachel Donelson before her divorce from a previous husband had come through officially. This led to charges of immorality, and Jackson fought numerous duels to defend his wife's honor. During Jackson's presidential campaigns, Rachel was deeply depressed by the hysterical charges concerning their marriage; she suffered a nervous breakdown and died shortly before Jackson entered the White House.

His Person: Height 6'1"; 140 lbs.; long, thin face, blue eyes, bushy gray hair.

Elections: As the candidate of the frontier and "the common man," Jackson swept to easy victory over President J.Q. Adams in 1828. The margin in popular votes was 647,286 to 508,064; in the Electoral College, Jackson won 178 to 83. In 1832, Henry Clay opposed Jackson and tried to make an issue of the President's "war" against the Bank of the U.S., but most people supported the stand of the popular "Old Hickory." Jackson won with 55% of the popular vote, and 219 electoral votes to Clay's 49.

Term of Office: March 4, 1829, to March 4, 1837 (8 years).

Little-Known Facts: While Jackson was President, an operation was performed to remove a bullet that had been lodged in his arm during a brawl 20 years before. The 1st attempt on the life of a President was made in 1835 by an insane housepainter who believed he was the rightful heir to the English throne. He fired 2 pistols at Jackson from a distance of only 6', but both guns misfired. Jackson was unhurt.

Quote from Jackson:

"I have only 2 regrets: that I have not shot Henry Clay or hanged John C. Calhoun."-1837

Quote about Him:

"I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know for such a place."-Thomas Jefferson, 1824

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