U.S. Presidents / Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

1767 - 1845

Andrew Jackson

But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. Farewell Address

Overview

Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was the dominant actor in American politics between Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. Born to obscure parents and orphaned in youth, he was the first "self-made man" and the first westerner to reach the White House. He became a democratic symbol and founder of the Democratic Party, the country's most venerable political organization. During his two-term presidency, he expanded executive powers and transformed the President's role from chief administrator to popular tribune.

Fast Facts

Andrew Jackson
Waxhaw area, on North Carolina-South Carolina border
Presbyterian
Lawyer, Soldier
Democrat
“Old Hickory”
August 1791 (2nd ceremony, January 17, 1794), to Rachel Donelson Robards (1767–1828)
Andrew Jackson, Jr. (adopted nephew, 1808-1865)
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The Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee
Daniel Feller

Chicago Style

Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. “Andrew Jackson.” Accessed November 19, 2018. http://www.millercenter.org/president/jackson.

Professor of History

Daniel Feller

Daniel Feller is a history professor and the Editor/Director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee.