Facts about andrew jacksons childhood

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Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands

National Bestseller 

In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.


An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed that the Presidency was not the exclusive province of the wealthy and the well-born but could truly be held by a man of the people. On a majestic, sweeping scale Brands re-creates Jackson’s rise from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier lawyer, then on to his heroic victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and finally to the White House. Capturing Jackson’s outsized life and deep impact on American history, Brands also explores his controversial actions, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful Trail of Tears. This is a thrilling portrait, in full, of the president who defined American democracy.
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Age of Jackson: Crash Course US History #14

Andrew Jackson 1767-1845 A brief biography

He was the first U. His political movement has since been known as Jacksonian Democracy. For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. Andrew Jackson did not have much formal education as a child, and he was imprisoned by the British during the American Revolution , when he was in his teens. However, he later studied law and became a lawyer and a politician. As leader of the Tennessee militia, during the War of Andrew Jackson decisively defeated the Creek Indians allied with the British. His heroic defeat of the British in the Battle of New Orleans cemented his reputation as a war hero.

Born in poverty, Andrew Jackson had become a wealthy Tennessee lawyer and rising young politician by , when war broke out between the United States and Britain. For some, his legacy is tarnished by his role in the forced relocation of Native American tribes living east of the Mississippi. The exact location of his birth is uncertain, and both states have claimed him as a native son; Jackson himself maintained he was from South Carolina. The son of Irish immigrants, Jackson received little formal schooling. Jackson read law in his late teens and earned admission to the North Carolina bar in He soon moved west of the Appalachians to the region that would soon become the state of Tennessee , and began working as a prosecuting attorney in the settlement that became Nashville. He later set up his own private practice and met and married Rachel Donelson Robards, the daughter of a local colonel.

Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" [1] against a "corrupt aristocracy" [2] and to preserve the Union. After resigning, he served as a justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court from until Jackson purchased a property later known as The Hermitage , and became a wealthy, slaveowning planter. In , he was appointed colonel of the Tennessee militia and was elected its commander the following year.

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Despite a humble beginning and the numerous tragedies woven throughout his childhood, young Andrew Jackson became a fiery, passionate fighter determined to take life by the reins and succeed. His parents, Andrew and Elizabeth, along with his two older brothers, Hugh and Robert, emigrated from Ireland two years earlier. Raised by his widowed mother in the Waxhaws settlement located near the North Carolina and South Carolina border, Jackson grew up with a large extended family that were also Scots-Irish immigrant farmers. His mother had hopes of him becoming a Presbyterian minister, but young Jackson quickly dashed those hopes with his propensity for pranks, cursing and fighting. Andrew, along with his brothers, joined the patriotic cause and volunteered to fight the British and when he was only His oldest brother Hugh died of heat stroke following the Battle of Stono Ferry in

2 COMMENTS

  1. Krin C. says:

    Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, , in the Waxhaw settlement, a community of Scotch-Irish immigrants along the border between North and South Carolina.

  2. Kristen F. says:

    Who Was Andrew Jackson?

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