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Mr. President

Andrew Jackson
Seventh President, 1829–1837

“One man
with courage
makes a majority.”

Man of the People:
Born in a log cabin and orphaned at 14, Andrew Jackson, or “Old Hickory” as he was nicknamed, believed government belonged to all citizens, not just the wealthy. He earned his heroic status at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Ironically, his troops defeated the British there several weeks after the war had officially ended. A popular and colorful leader, Jackson was the first president to survive an assassination attempt, and the first to aggressively use the power of the veto.

Portrait by R.E.W. Earl , circa 1815 . NPG.65.78 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Democrat
Date of Birth: Sunday, March 15, 1767
Date of Death: Sunday, June 8, 1845
Vice President: John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren
First Lady: widower

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