The Legacy Of Andrew Jackson Essay

1100 Words Nov 26th, 2016 5 Pages
When we as Americans look back at our past, we are often overwhelmed with all of the significant events and people that shaped this great nation. When we take a closer look we can pick out a few that shaped this nation more than others. This country was founded over 200 years ago which gives us plenty to analyze, however, Andrew Jackson is one person in particular who undeniably played a huge role in shaping our country in the 1800s. A man of humble beginning that rose to prominence on the national stage and enacted his policies in a nation.
Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1776, on the border of North and South Carolina. He later moved to the Nashville region of Tennessee where he became a wealthy landowner from the money he made from a private law practice. In 1796, Jackson was elected Tennessee 's first representative in the United States House of Representatives. The following year, he was elected to the United States Senate, but then resigned after serving only eight months. Although he lacked military experience, in 1802, Jackson was appointed a major general in the Tennessee militia. Jackson led U.S. troops in a series of battles against the Creek Indians in Alabama during the War of 1812; this is where he gained most of his acclaim that placed him into the public eye on the national stage. Andrew Jackson was placed in command of the New Orleans defenses during the Battle of New Orleans in 1814. “The General had no love for the British—he’d spent time as their…

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