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Wioletta Abramczyk Andrew Jackson- Symbol for an Age John William Ward Oxford University Press New York 1955 213 pages Andrew Jackson and his road to the Presidency Andrew Jackson who was the 7th President of the United States managed to capture the imagination of masses He attracted the admiration of some and the hatred of others as no other President had before He was also the first President to be the target of an assassin a madman- Richard Lawrence who thought he was heir to the British throne Fortunately Jackson got out of it with no harm although as Ward writes two pistols were fired at Jackson not more than 6 feet away An expert on small arms calculated the odds on two successive misfires of this nature to be about 125000 to 1 1955 114 It is interesting to see how this simple frontiersman became the President and as many say a symbol for an age Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 in Carolinas in a poor Scotch-Irish family Jacksons father died shortly before his birth his childhood was definitely not an easy one At the age of 13 Jackson was captured by the British wounded and nearly killed for not polishing a British officers boots Soon his brother died of smallpox and then died his mother fatally stricken by cholera Left alone Jackson managed to finish school although in the first years he gained a reputation for wilderness and hooliganism At the age of 17 he started to work for a lawyer and after a couple of years of practicing law Jackson himself became a successful lawyer He prospered well enough to buy slaves and to build a mansion the Hermitage near Nashville Soon Jackson was the first man from Tennessee elected to the House of Representatives but the real turning point in his career was
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