Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. BrandsNational Bestseller
In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.
An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed that the Presidency was not the exclusive province of the wealthy and the well-born but could truly be held by a man of the people. On a majestic, sweeping scale Brands re-creates Jackson’s rise from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier lawyer, then on to his heroic victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and finally to the White House. Capturing Jackson’s outsized life and deep impact on American history, Brands also explores his controversial actions, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful Trail of Tears. This is a thrilling portrait, in full, of the president who defined American democracy.
Andrew Jackson: Most Terrifying Man Ever Elected President
10 Things to Know About Andrew Jackson
The seventh president was born on March 15, , but exactly where is disputed. The Waxhaws wilderness was so remote that the precise border between North and South Carolina had yet to be surveyed. The fiery Jackson had a propensity to respond to aspersions cast on his honor with pistols. At the command, Dickinson fired and hit Jackson in the chest. In spite of the serious wound, Jackson stood his ground, raised his pistol and fired a shot that struck his foe dead.
Born in poverty, Andrew Jackson had become a wealthy Tennessee lawyer and rising young politician by , when war broke out between the United States and Britain. For some, his legacy is tarnished by his role in the forced relocation of Native American tribes living east of the Mississippi. The exact location of his birth is uncertain, and both states have claimed him as a native son; Jackson himself maintained he was from South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, Jackson received little formal schooling. Jackson read law in his late teens and earned admission to the North Carolina bar in He soon moved west of the Appalachians to the region that would soon become the state of Tennessee , and began working as a prosecuting attorney in the settlement that became Nashville.
Andrew Jackson , nicknamed "Old Hickory," was the seventh U. He was born on the border of what would become North and South Carolina on March 15, He was a lawyer, a member of the legislature, and a fierce warrior, rising to the rank of Major General during the War of Following are 10 key facts important to understanding the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. On Jan. His forces met the invading British troops as they were attempting to take the city of New Orleans.
Andrew Jackson’s Early Life
5 Appalling Things About Andrew Jackson
You have but one remedy within your reach. And that is, to remove to the West and join your countrymen, who are already established there. Andrew Jackson lived a truly epic life. Born to hardy Scotch-Irish stock in the Waxhaws, a backcountry region in the then-disputed border between the Carolinas, the boy Jackson became a man in the brutal guerrilla warfare between the British, the Tories, and the Patriots. Jackson joined the local militia as a courier, and when captured by the British was scarred by the sabre of a haughty officer. His father having died before he was born, his mother dead from cholera contracted treating wounded soldiers, and his two brothers dead from battle and a diseased British prison, Jackson came out of the American Revolution an orphan.
A lawyer and a landowner, he became a national war hero after defeating the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of Jackson was elected the seventh president of the United States in Known as the "people's president," Jackson destroyed the Second Bank of the United States , founded the Democratic Party, supported individual liberty and instituted policies that resulted in the forced migration of Native Americans. He died on June 8, Calhoun as his vice-presidential running mate — won the presidential election of by a landslide over Adams. With his election, Jackson became the first frontier president and the first chief executive who resided outside of either Massachusetts or Virginia. Jackson was the first president to invite the public to attend the inauguration ball at the White House , which quickly earned him popularity.
Andrew Jackson rose to national prominence as Major General in the War of He successfully led American forces in several battles during his career, most prominently in the Battle of New Orleans. Andrew Jackson became the seventh President of the United States in and served for two terms till He was an influential leader and his presidency is marked by the advent of what is known as the Jacksonian Era or Age of Jackson. Jacksonian Era, most importantly, led to greater democracy for the common man and was the most prominent political movement in U. Know more about the contribution of Andrew Jackson by studying his 10 major accomplishments and achievements.