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Andrew Jackson was born on March 15 1767 to a family of immigrants in the Waxhaw settlement on the western frontier of South Carolina Jacksons parents died when he was 14 and was brought up by an uncle who was a slave owner He became a lawyer at the age of 20 and as a prosecuting attorney in Nashville Tennessee He married Rachel Donelson Robards on January 171794 whose father was very trusted and well known This helped Jacksons career and social standing Jackson and his wife were unaware however at the time of their marriage that her divorce from her first husband was not technically over and his political enemies referred to the couple as adulterersAfter helping to draft the Tennessee constitution in 1796 Jackson was elected the states first congressman serving one year in the US House of Representatives and then for a year in the US Senate In 1798 he was appointed judge of the superior court in Tennessee In 1802 Jackson was elected major general of the Tennessee militia He became the seventh president of the United States in 1828 and served two successful terms Jackson left office in 1837 In 1845 Rachel Jackson was insulted by one of Jacksons political enemies Jackson being the Man of steel that he was challenged the man to a duel Jackson was shot yet did not fall he then raised his pistol and laid out his opponent His honor was eon but his life was lost He died that day June 81848 in Nashville Tennessee
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