Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson. This is a biography of American President Andrew Jackson. This is a good write up about "Old Hickory."

From the site:

Andrew Jackson ( March 15 , 1767 - June 8 , 1845 ) was the seventh ( 1829 - 1837 ) President of the United States , sometimes called "Old Hickory".

Andrew Jackson's parents Andrew Jackson, Sr (c. 1730 - February , 1767 ) and Elizabeth "Betty" Hutchinson (c. 1740 - November , 1781 ) emigrated to the US from Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland in 1765 . The Andrew Jackson Centre at Carrickfergus has information about the family.

Wounded in a duel as a young man, Jackson was a frequent dueler.

Jackson was regarded as a national hero after defeating the British in the 1815 Battle of New Orleans .

In the Presidential Election of 1824 Jackson won both more popular and electoral votes than any other candidate, but did not receive an overall majority so the election went to the House of Representatives, where John Quincy Adams was chosen as President. Jackson beat Adams with a substantial majority four years later, and took office as President in 1829 .

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