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Andrew Jackson Takes The White House
By JC Pinkerton   
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Last edited: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Posted: Sunday, June 19, 2005

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As early as 1829, people of the new Western Frontier rejoiced. Why were they so happy?

On March 4, 1829, Andrew Jackson,  frontiersman, moved east to become the seventh President of the United States. Up until this time, all the presidents before him had either been well-to-do men from Virginia, or members of Boston's mighty Adams family.

Along came Jackson, a plain and simple man who came from a log cabin in the Carolina backwoods. Jackson was born March 15, 1767, in Waxhaw South Carolina. His father passed away before he was born leaving the family quite poor.

As a youth Jackson seemed to enjoy getting into fights, and even enlisted in the American Revolution when he was only thirteen years old. After the war, he experimented with farming and working in stores, and later became a famous Indian fighter.

When he was in his twenties, he married, and still didn't know how to read or write until his wife taught him.

Who would have thought he would one day be President of a great nation?

People started calling him "Old Hickory" and he became a hero known throughout the entire West. History tells that Sam Houston admired Jackson greatly. When Jackson took office as the President of the United States, frontier people came in great crowds to see their champion. 

They didn't get all decked out for the occasion. Instead, they wore homemade clothes and coonskin caps to the grand inauguration party. Andrew Jackson had invited the whole nation.

The people gathered in the streets until the guards were unable to hold them back. Soon they bolted through the White House doors like a herd of wild buffalo. People were packed so tight that many items like dishes and vases were broken, and men stood in good chairs with muddy boots just to get a better view.

It became so bad that attendants served large tubs of punch as bait, outside on the White House lawn. It worked, and the crowds gathered on the green for treats and conversation.

To this day, there has never been an inauguration party like that one. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said, "The wild asses of the West, led by Andy Jackson, will ruin the government." 

Andrew Jackson served eight years as President of the United States. Jackson died on June 8, 1845 at his home, the Hermitage in Nashville Tennessee. 

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Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 2/26/2007
I really enjoyed your attention to detail. History is a great adventure.
Reviewed by Robert Williams 6/26/2005
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who was quoted as saying "The wild asses of the West, led by Andy Jackson, will ruin the government" was speaking prophecy.

When Andy Jackson told the Cherokees to walk to Oklahoma, the Cherokees took their case to the Supreme Court saying they had legal title to their land. The Supreme Court agreed and ruled in favor of the Cherokees. Andy Jackson, noticing that he was Commander-in-Chief of the military and that the Supreme Court was without an army, taunted the court to back up their ruling saying "Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!" Jackson then unconsititutionally and illegally forced the Cherokees to walk to Oklahoma where 10,000 died enroute in that "Trail of Tears".

Why we put portraits of such criminals on our 20 dollar bills is beyond me. Next they'll put Bush-n-Blair on our new U.N. dollars!

And Sam Houston, whose wife was Cherokee, would be an unlikely fan of Andy Jackson! If Houston ever was, he didn't remain so for long. Andy Jackson became a terrible, Constitution-trampling President just as that Supreme Court Justice predicted.

A good biography on Andy Jackson is Robert V. Remini's "Andrew Jackson" (1966) and Remini's "Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Empire, 1767-1821 (1977).

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