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  • Andrew Jackson

    Andrew Jackson joined the Continental Army at 13. He and his brother were captured and held for two weeks.

Andrew Jackson joined the Continental Army at 13. He and his brother were captured and held for two weeks. As major general of the Tennessee Volunteers, Jackson led his troops to victory in March 1814 against the Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend. In May 1814 he was made Major General of the army fighting the War of 1812. On January 8, 1815, he defeated the British in New Orleans and was lauded as a hero. He also served in the 1st Seminole War (1817-19) when he overthrew the Spanish Governor in Florida. Jackson survived an assassination attempt in 1835 when the two derringers pointed at him didn't fire. The gunman, Richard Lawrence, was found not guilty for the attempt by reason of insanity. Andrew Jackson is seen as one of the United States' greatest presidents. He was the first “citizen-president” representing the common man. He believed strongly in preserving the union and in keeping too much power out of the hands of the wealthy. He was also the first president to truly embrace the powers of the presidency. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/andrewjackson

​Presidential Years: 1829-1837