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In the Presidential election of 1828 as the masses had expected Andrew Jackson the peoples hero was handily elected as the 7th President of the United States Throughout the 19th century Jackson was surely one of the most popular Presidents ever since George Washington rose into power as the first President His quick mind shrewdness and toughness in political affairs resulted in many changes for the government Not only did he reform the government policies over public officials American Indians and the market economy but he also stimulated the growth of two-party system in American politics the Democratic Party and the Whigs During the first few years of his presidency Jackson made series of reforms which had substantially altered the government powers and public officials One significant policy he executed was the spoils system Through the spoils system public officials would be removed or downgraded if their performance were poor or problematic therefore no longer are there any life-time appointments rights to these officials The total number of removals during this long period had probably been less than one hundred and nearly all of these had been for good cause such as misbehavior or incompetency History of Nations US vol I p483 Although this system could turn out to be seriously abusive Jackson exercised strict policies such that innocent officials would not be removed by fault Spoil system made officers aware of their rights to hold public posts which were good for the people because these officers would serve them better in order to continue their carrier as a pub lic officer while those with unsatisfactory performances would be expelled and replaced by better quality ones Conversely Jackson dangerously strengthened the power of the president For instance in the judicial case Worcester v Georgia he ignored the Supreme Court judgement that Georgia had no right to extend its laws over Cherokee territory and went ahead for Indian removal Nations p282 The aftermath of these
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