Andrew Jackson was educated in a small local school, but during the American Revolutionary War, he took a position as a courier. His older brother Hugh died during the Battle of Stono Ferry in 1779, while he and his other brother were captured by British soldiers and held as prisoners. Both of the Jackson brothers got smallpox while in British captivity. Their mother finally arranged for them to be set free in 1781, just a few days after Robert died. Jackson’s mother, Elizabeth, served as a nurse on a ship, treating many American soldiers stricken with cholera. She herself, contracted and succumbed to the disease in 1781. By the age of fourteen, Jackson was left with no family, and a hatred of the British. ("Andrew Jackson")
Jackson began temporarily working for a saddle-maker in 1781. (Paletta, 1988) Later that same year, Jackson began teaching, while studying law in Salisbury, North Carolina. After his admittance to the North Carolina BAR association, he moved to Jonesborough and began practicing law in what is now northeaste...
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... bank, and he vetoed its re-charter bill. He also prosecuted them, on the grounds of “disproportionate economic privilege.” This action gave him a lot more support from the American voting population. He won his second election with a 56 percent popular vote. He beat Henry Clay in the Electoral College also, with five times as many votes as his opponent.
When his two terms as president were over, Andrew Jackson went back to his home at Hermitage Plantation. (Latner 2002) He continued to be involved with politics throughout his retirement. He strongly opposed any thought of succession, and firmly supported the Union. He died on June 8th, 1845 from tuberculosis and heart failure. The Boon Lick Times, a newspaper, reported, “He is gone, but his memory lives, and will continue to live.” ("Boon 's Lick times. (Fayette, Mo.) 1840-1848, June 21, 1845, Image 2")
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