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A national hero out of the West a natural leader and a nationalistic symbol Andrew Jackson had most certainly proved himself to be the first peoples president Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States and was the first to gain office by a direct appeal to the mass of voters Focusing on both the highs and the lows of his two terms in office from 1829-1837 the issues that are of main concern are states rights nullification the tariff and Indian removal and banking policies these all are controversies that brought forth strong rivalry over his years of presidency He was known for his iron will and fiery personality and his strong use of the powers of his office that made his years of presidency to be known as the Jacksonian Democracy Andrew Jackson grew up on the frontier All the presidents who preceded him had come from the Eastern seaboard The country was now expanding westward and Jackson represented this movement He was born in a log cabin on March 15 1767 joined the army at age 13 and was orphaned at the age of 14 Young Jackson had an intense hatred for the English and a great loyalty to America He fought in the American Revolution and was taken prisoner He was still a boy of 16 when he was finally liberated from the British pen at Charleston This sequence of tragic experiences fixed in Jacksons mind a lifelong hostility to Great Britain After the end of the US War of Independence he studied law in an office in Salisbury NC and was admitted to the bar of that state in 1787 There he became a member of a powerful political faction led by William Blount He was married in 1791 to Rachel Donelson RobardsJackson served as delegate to Tennessee in the 1796 Constitutional convention and a congressman for a year from 1796-97 He was elected senator in 1797
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