People from all over the world dream of adding a visit to America to their biographical data. America, whose population is around 320 million, is home to people from the entire world. The history of America suggests that people from different ethnicities have migrated to America and have now become American citizens. People from different languages, different races, and different countries can be found in America. Equal rights are also extended to its citizens. The country has also witnessed people of different ethnicities heading the top-most post of the country—the U.S. President.
To date, America has seen 44 presidents, and 38 of them have come from a British Isles background. The current President Obama has made history as the first African-American to be chosen for the high post. All presidents have some interesting facts associated with their lives. One such president was Mr. Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of America. He was born on March 15, 1767, to Scot-Irish parents. He served the country for two consecutive terms from 1829-1837. Twenty-one American presidents have served the presidential term more than once, and Andrew Jackson was one of them.
Andrew Jackson had seen a tough life, especially as a child. He had lost his father before his birth. Just at the beginning of his teenage years, he was sent to prison along with his brother because he was involved in several scuffles with the British. Due to poor living conditions, he developed smallpox. Though his mother succeeded in getting them out of prison, she herself lost her life due to the disease. To meet ends, the orphaned Andrew studied and learned law on his own. He learned well enough to start his own law practice. Jackson had to fight for the honor of his wife, also, as their marriage was put in trouble when it came to notice that Rachel Donelson Robards’ (his wife) first marriage was not legally ended. This fact was used as a political scandal.
As Andrew Jackson was made an orphan at a young age, he adopted an orphan and also gave shelter and warmth as a guardian to a number of other orphan children. In absence of his own child, he adopted and raised a daughter. His political career started in 1796 when he was elected a congressman. The very next year, he became a U.S. Senator and served until 1798. Then he was made a judge of the Superior Court until 1804. Jackson was the first candidate in the race for presidential election who was nominated by a political party and not by Congress. Though he made it possible to win the popular vote for three consecutive times, he could not make it to the post of president in his first attempt due to a lack of majority. With a strong will, he returned in the 1828 elections and won the race for America’s President. At the age of 61 years, Jackson took the office on March 4, 1829, and also was elected to the post for a second term.
Despite huge popularity, he refused to fight for a third term on account of poor health. He took leave and returned to the Hermitage to look after his plantation business. Though he kept slaves to run his plantation business, he was considered a common person’s friend. Jackson was a determined personality who had strongly supported control by the Federal Government of individual states. His toughness as a colonel in the military had earned him the name “Old Hickory.”
Jackson was a tough and resolute person who could not bear a single attack on his honor. He lived with a bullet in his chest, which he received in a duel with a man named Dickinson, until his death. Jackson, in return, killed the man. It is believed that Jackson had participated in around 100 duels. He was also the first president who used to be a prisoner of war. The first attempt of a presidential assassination was made on Jackson. Despite a tough and hard life, Andrew Jackson had a taste for gambling and horse racing, and he lived his passion.