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Andrew Jackson was not plainly a common man or an aristocrat He was in fact a combination of the two Because he came into popularity on the frontier and was not of aristocratic decent he is often considered to be a common man However many facts about his life do not coincide with this stereotype From the beginning of his career in Tennessee he considered himself an aristocrat As a result his tastes manners and life style were shaped accordingly Although he considered himself an aristocrat he was similar to the common man in that he could not spell and he lacked education and culture However this was not unusual of aristocrats from the southwest region Many of them were not born aristocrats but merely rose from middle or lower class migrants who had prospered Jackson was one of these self-made aristocrats a blend of pioneer and aristocrat Jackson began his life as a commoner who after losing all of his family began studying law In his early twenties Jackson came to Tennessee where he established himself as a lawyer Being on of only two lawyers in his town he gained wealth After buying both land and slaves with his new wealth he began to strengthen his position with the self-made aristocrats in his area Soon with newfound political offices he became a prominent member of the western aristocrats and consequently he became a first-generation aristocrat Jacksons loathing of Eastern Money Power and the national bank began in 1796 with one incident that had a disastrous effect upon Jacksons fortunes This event sewed in him his dislike of Eastern Money Power and paper money system Jackson had accepted notes from David Allison as payment for land that Jackson had sold him Jackson then used those notes to buy supplies that he was going to use to open a general-merchandise store When Allisons notes were defaulted Jackson was held accountable for the merchandise he
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