The Life and Career of Andrew Jackson Essay

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THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ANDREW JACKSON Jamalih Wright History 101 April 25, 2014 In 1828 Andrew Jackson would become the seventh President of the United States; elected by popular vote unlike most of his predecessors Jackson was a strong willed and self made man. Not like any other President, Jackson holds the title as one of the most controversial Presidents. Jackson would be the third child that was born to Scots- Irish colonist Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson on March 15, 1767 in the backwoods of a Waxhaw’s area near the border of North and South Carolina. His father died in an accident three weeks before his birth and his mother gave birth to Jackson on a trip from the burial site of her husband, making the exact location of his birth unknown. At the young age of 13 Jackson would join the Continental Army as a courier. He began traveling with the American Soldiers getting his first taste of life in the military working for Colonel Davie, the patriots' commander, mostly running errands or delivering messages. The Revolutionary War would leave Jackson bitter and an orphan at the tender age of 14, with his oldest brother dying of heat stroke and his mother and other brother dying from other diseases. Over the next year and a half Jackson would be raised by one of his uncles where he would learn the trade of saddle making. In Salisbury, NC young Jackson began teaching but soon lost interest and he began studying law for a few years until 1787 when he was admitted to the bar. Wanting to get away from the city life to practice law he headed west to the western district of North Carolina which is now Tennessee to practice law. Jackson wasn’t well known therefore he built a legal practice on his own persona, entered into trading ventures and started to obtain land and slaves. Not long after he would be appointed solicitor for the western

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