Andrew Jackson


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Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). Based in frontier Tennessee, Jackson was a politician and army general who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814), and the British at the Battle of New Orleans (1815). A polarizing figure who dominated the Second Party System in the 1820s and 1830s, as president he ... more »

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  • ''I carried $5000 when I went to Washington. I returned with barely $90 in our [sic] pockets.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, endorsing a letter from Reverend A.D. Campbell, March 15, 1837, V, 465.
  • ''Although I could lament in the language and feelings of David for Absalom, I am constrained to say, peace to his manes. Let us weep for the living, and not for the dead.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, April 29, 1833, to William B. Lewis, V, 66. Jackson's reply on learning of the...
  • ''This spirit of mob-law is becoming as great an evil as a servile war.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, August 9, 1835, to Amos Kendall, V, 360. The Charleston post office had been a...
  • ''We must regain Texas, peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.''
    Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, February 9, 1843, to Aaron V. Brown, VI, 201-202.
  • ''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 (1767-1845), U.S. president. Correspondence, letter, June 29, 1828, to James Hamilton, Jr., III, 412.
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