The Legacy Of Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 to Scots-Irish colonists Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson in the mountains between North and South Carolina. Jackson was born into poverty and as a result received very little education growing up. When The British invaded the Carolinas around 1780, Jackson’s mother and two brothers were killed during the conflict and British soldiers took the young Andrew Jackson prisoner, leaving him with a lifelong hostility toward Great Britain. In 1781, Jackson worked for a time in a saddle-maker 's shop. Later, he taught school and studied law in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1787, he was admitted to the bar, and moved to Jonesborough. Jackson began working as a prosecuting attorney and later set up his own private practice. Shortly after he met and married Rachel Robards, the daughter of a local colonel.
Andrew Jackson quickly became a wealthy Tennessee lawyer and rising young politician. In 1796, Jackson joined a committee tasked with drafting the new Tennessee state constitution and soon after he became the first man from Tennessee to be elected into the U.S. House of Representatives. Although after his term was over in March 1797 he returned home without seeking reelection, he was almost immediately elected into the U.S. Senate. Only a year later Jackson resigned from the senate and was elected as a judge of Tennessee’s superior court. Soon after he was chosen to head the state militia, a position he held when war broke out between

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