Essay The Legacy Of Andrew Jackson

1737 Words Nov 4th, 2015 7 Pages
Andrew Jackson, also known as the “Common man” because of his “humble” beginnings, was the seventh president of America who served from 1829 to 1837. While he was seen as a war hero prior to his presidency, he was known to abuse his power while in office. Due to Jackson’s grave injustices being carried out throughout his presidency, which in fact resembled a tyranny, he should not be considered one of America’s greatest presidents. His many enemies, including John Quincy Adams, Nicholas Biddle, John Marshall, Henry Clay, James Monroe, Native Americans, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster prove the conclusion that he was a terrible president, correct. John Quincy Adams served as the sixth president of the United States and he was the son of the second president, John Adams. He earned a master’s degree in Harvard College and was considered one of America’s greatest diplomats. He negotiated the Adams-Onis Treaty, which granted Florida to the United States and had also negotiated the Monroe Doctrine. In the election of 1824, when John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson were opponents, it was claimed by Jackson’s followers that Adams’ election was corrupt. Even though Jackson got the most votes, the decision of the next president was in the hands of the House. On the first vote, Adams won the presidency and had elected Henry Clay as the Secretary of State. With Clay having already been the Speaker of the House, he had much influence in the president’s selection so it seemed as…

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