Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson was the 7th (1829-1837) president of the United States

Born: March 15, 1767, Waxhaw Settlement, South Carolina
Died: June 8, 1845, The Hermitage
Gravesite: (The Hermitage)

Responsible for Indian Removal and thus The Trail of Tears, in an unconstitutional defiance of a Supreme Court ruling.

Jackson was the first U.S. president who was outside the original Revolutionary circle. Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison were notable figures in the War of Independence and the formation of the U.S. Constitution. James Monroe fought in the Revolutionary War. John Quincy Adams was the son of John Adams. Jackson's election represented a significant break from that past.

As President, Jackson worked to dismantle the United States Bank, which had been instrumental in the growth of the U.S. economy but was then seen by some as favoring privileged sectors of the economy over farmers and laborers. The absence of a central bank, however, did not impair economic growth.

His wife died prior to him taking office as President.

Jackson was wounded in a duel as a young man.

Jackson's portrait appears on the U.S. $20 bill.