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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Nicknamed "Old Hickory," Andrew Jackson was a Major General in the Federal Army and founder of the Democratic Party.

Presidential Facts

  • At the age of 13, Jackson joined the army to fight in the Revolutionary War. During his service, he and his brother were captured by the British.
  • Jackson believed in a strong central government, and as president, he greatly expanded the powers of the executive branch.
  • In 1835, Jackson survived an assassination attempt on his life. This was the first ever attempt to do bodily harm to a U.S. president. The assailant’s gun misfired and Jackson defended himself with his walking stick!

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.

Andrew Jackson