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Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 and grew up in the border of North and South Carolina He attended frontier schools and acquired the reputation of being fiery-tempered and willing to fight all comers He also learned to read and he was often called on by the community to read aloud the news from the Philadelphia papers In 1775 with the beginning of the American Revolution Andrew Jackson then only 13 years old became an orderly and messenger He took part in the Battle of Hanging Rock against the British and in a few small skirmishes with British sympathizers known as Loyalists or Tories His brother Hugh was killed and when the British raided Waxhaw both he and Robert were captured Because Jackson refused to polish the boots of a British officer he was struck across the arm and face with a saber The boys were put in a British prison in Camden South Carolina where an epidemic of smallpox broke out Mrs Jackson gained her boys release but Robert soon died Mrs Jackson then volunteered to nurse other American prisoners and she too caught smallpox and died Andrew was now 14 years old and without any immediate family With the war over he took up saddle making and school teaching With a 300 inheritance from his grandfather he went to Charleston South Carolina then the bigges t city in the South There he cut a dashing figure in society until his money ran out In 1787 Andrew Jackson became a lawyer and he set his office up in McLeanville North Carolina He quickly became successful lawyer and engaged himself in land speculation He soon moved his office to Nashville where he met and fell in love with Mrs Rachel Donelson Robard Believing that Mr Robards had obtained a divorce they were married in 1791 Two years later they found that this was not so and the divorce had just then become final
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