Andrew Jackson

(1767–1845)

Andrew Jackson

Anecdote 1...

When Congress assembled on December 7, 1829, Jackson sent in his first annual message, which attracted a great deal of attention. Meeting his old friend General Robert Armstrong the next day, Jackson said, “Well, Bob, what do the people say of my message?” “They say,” replied Armstrong, “that it is first-rate, but nobody believes that you wrote it.” “Well,” said Old Hickory good-naturedly, “don’t I deserve just as much credit for picking out the man who could write it?”

Quote-worthy...

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.

~Andrew Jackson

Anecdote 2...

A man called on President Jackson to plead the case of a soldier who had lost his leg on a battlefield and needed to retain a small postermastership in order to support his family. “But I must tell you,” he said frankly, “that he voted against you.” “If he lost a leg fighting for his country,” said Jackson, “that is vote enough for me.”

Biographical Note: 

Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States, 1829–1837. After a turbulent boyhood as an orphan and a British prisoner, he moved west to Tennessee, where he soon qualified for law practice but found time for such frontier pleasures as horse racing, cockfighting, and dueling. He got the nickname “Old Hickory” because of his toughness. His marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards in 1791 was complicated by subsequent legal uncertainties about the status of her divorce. During the 1790s, Jackson served in the Tennessee Constitutional Convention, the United States House of Representatives and Senate, and on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

As president, Jackson greatly expanded the power and prestige of the presidential office and carried through an unprecedented program of domestic reform.

After watching the inauguration of his handpicked successor, Martin Van Buren, Jackson retired to the Hermitage, where he maintained a lively interest in national affairs until his death on June 8, 1845.

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Photo above by Mathew Brady of Andrew Jackson (age 78), in 1845, months before his death.