Essay on Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was born on March 15, 1767 in Waxhaw on the North Carolina-South Carolina border. He is a controversial man who greatly impacted our country both during his presidency and long term. His actions may have been questioned at the time, as some still are today, but his strong-willed chauvinism in democracy is just what our country needed to hold itself together.
Jackson did not have a typical family setting growing up. His father passed away before his birth, leaving his mother the single parent of three young boys. To help lighten the burden of raising young children on her own, his mother moved in with her Crawford relatives. There Jackson attended school, attaining an
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It wasn’t until 1794 that they were officially married after Mr. Robards agreed to a divorce. The promiscuity of their affair later hindered Jackson’s political career (Anderson et al. 207). However, at the time, Nashville didn’t see anything wrong with the relationship between these two deeply devoted lovers.
Despite the accusations Jackson received concerning his questionable adulterous acts, they did not affect his impressive rise in Tennessee politics. In 1795 he was delegated to the state constitutional convention and later Tennessee’s first congressman and then senator. After his first year as senator, Jackson resigned to accept a job closer to home, judge of Tennessee’s superior court.
Along his political ride, Jackson held his share of outrageous quarrels. A hothead himself, Jackson was no foreigner to fights, brawls, or duels. Of these numerous encounters, the most infamous began over a simple misunderstanding with Charles Dickinson over a horse race in 1806. This rift ended in a duel between the two men. Dickinson, a marksman, fired the first shot and struck Jackson in the chest. Despite the wound, Jackson showed no sign of pain and instead aimed precisely and fatally shot Dickinson (Stone 264). It was encounters such as this that “marked him as a violent and dangerous man, and helped block his further political advance” (“Miller Center”).
After his time in politics, Jackson craved service in the military. With probable enemies enclosing

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