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Did You Know?

He was the first president to ride on a railroad train, the first to be born in a log cabin and the first president to be nominated by a political party.
He survived the first attempt to assassinate a president.
He is known historically for creating a strong executive branch.
At age 13, while serving in the army, he was captured by the British. The British officer in charge ordered Jackson to clean his boots. Jackson refused; the officer struck him with his sword, leaving Jackson's face and hand permanently scarred.


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Andrew Jackson
(March 15, 1767 - June 8, 1845)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Donelson Emily, Niece of wife (Rachel)
Wife's Maiden Name: Rachel Donelson
Number of Children: 1
Education Level: No College
School Attended: No College
Religion: Presbyterian
Profession: Military
Military Service: Major General

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1829 - 3/3/1837
Presidency Number: 7
Number of Terms: 2
Why Presidency Ended: End of 2nd Term
Party: Democratic
His Vice President(s): John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren
Senator: Tennessee (1797-1798), Tennessee (1823-1825)
House of Representatives: Tennessee (1796-1797)
Other Offices: Justice of the Tennessee Superior Court
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Crawford Cabin
Gravesite: The Hermitage
Museum: Andrew Jackson State Park
Other Sites: Museum of the Waxhaws

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
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Andrew Jackson Life Portrait: From The Hermitage - Hermitage, TN
 Guests included: Robert Remini, author, Andrew Jackson, a three volume biography; Marsha Mullin, curator, Hermitage; and Larry McKee, chief archaeologist, Hermitage Watch | Order Videotape
Doug Brinkley, historian, on Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans Watch
Gerard Gawalt on Jackson's papers Watch
Don Ritchie, Senate historian, on Jackson's Senate career Watch

Nancy Sambets on Jackson's disputed birthplace Watch
Booknotes with John Marszalek, The Petticoat Affair Watch

Don Ritchie on attempted assassination of Jackson Watch
Richard Norton Smith on American presidents Watch  

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