Presidency of Andrew Jackson

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Historical Context Note

Andrew Jackson (15th of March 1767 - 8th of June1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829-1837).

Often popularly called 'Old Hickory', Jackson was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Before his successful election to president in 1928, Jackson had lost the 1924 election when a split vote meant that the House of Representatives decided the result. They chose to elect John Quincy Adams (11th July, 1767 - 23rd February, 1848), despite Jackson having won the popular vote, a result viewed by many as one where the ordinary people were overruled by a presiding aristocracy. All this served to re-enforce the idea that Jackson was a president of the people, rather than privileged elite. Jackson went o…

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