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Andrew Jackson was born on March 15 1767 in a settlement on the border of North and South Carolina He was orphaned at age 14 After studying law and becoming a member of the Bar in North Carolina later he moved to Nashville Tennessee Their he became a member of a powerful political faction led by William Blount He was married in 1791 to Rachel Donelson Robards and later remarried to him due to a legal mistake in her prior divorce in 1794 Jackson served as delegate to Tenn in the 1796 Constitutional convention and a congressman for a year from 1796-97 He was elected senator in 1797 but financial problems forced him to resign and return to Tennessee in less than a year Later he served as a Tennessee superior court judge for six years starting in 1798 In 1804 he retired from the bench and moved to Nashville and devoted time to business ventures and his plantation At this time his political career looked over In 1814 Jackson was a Major General in the Tennessee Militia here he was ordered to march against the Creek Indians who were pro-British in the war of 1812 His goal was achieved at Horseshoe Bend in March of 1814 Eventually he forced All Indians from the area His victorys impressed some people in Washington and Jackson was put in command of the defense of New Orleans This show of American strength made Americans feel proud after a war filled with military defeats Jackson was given the nickname Old Hickory and was treated as a national hero In 1817 he was ordered against the Seminole Indians He pushed them back into Spanish Florida and executed two British subjects Jackson instead that his actions were with approval of the Monroe administration His actions helped to acquire the Florida territory and he became a provisional governor of Florida that same year In 1822 the Tennessee Legislature nominated
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