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Fun Presidential Facts – Andrew Jackson

Here are some quick facts, opinions, quotes and other information on President Andrew Jackson:

 

Personal Information on Andrew Jackson:

  • Seventh President (1829-1837)
  • Date of Death: June 8, 1845 (Sunday)
  • Place of Death: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Place of Burial: The Hermitage, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Cause of Death: Tuberculosis
  • Age: 78 years old
  • Length of Retirement: 3018 days
  • Burial website: Andrew Jackson’s Grave
  • Presidential Library: Andrew Jackson State Park

Interesting Andrew Jackson facts:

  1. Andrew Jackson holds the distinction of being the first President recorded being physically attacked. Jackson was sailing down to Fredericksburg, Virginia on the USS Cygnet. He was going to lay the cornerstone on a monument near the grave of Mary Ball Washington (George Washington’s mother). Earlier, Jackson had dismissed Robert B. Randolph from the Navy for embezzlement. On a stopover near Alexandria, Virginia, on the way to Fredericksburg, Randolph appeared and struck President Jackson. Randolph then fled. Members of Jackson’s party, and writer Washington Irving, chased Randolph down. Jackson decided not to press charges.
  2. Andrew Jackson is credited with being the founder of the Democratic Party. Jackson is one of fourteen Presidents who was a Democrat. The other Democratic Presidents were: Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. John Tyler and Andrew Johnson are a little fuzzy on which party they actually were a part of, so, depending on your slant on them, they might be two more to add to the list.
  3. Andrew Jackson is one of only seven Presidents who was both born and died on the same day of the week. Jackson was born on a Sunday and he died on a Sunday. The other Presidents that were born on and died on the same day of the week were: James Madison (Tuesdays), Martin Van Buren (Thursdays), Franklin Pierce (Fridays), Woodrow Wilson (Sundays), Warren G. Harding (Thursdays), and Calvin Coolidge (Thursdays).

My favorite Andrew Jackson Quotes:

One man with courage makes a majority.
To victors belong the spoils.
Never take counsel of your fears.
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
I have always been afraid of banks.

Andrew Jackson blogs (click the title to go to that page):

Andrew Jackson page on Presidential Crossroads (click “Andrew Jackson” below):

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson Blogs:

The Battle of New Orleans

His Thoughts on Voters Requirements

His Youth

Censure

What similar traits do I have with the first ten Presidents

Personal thoughts on Andrew Jackson:

Strengths:

Fearless, Could get people charged up, Stood up for the little guy

Weaknesses:

Stubborn, Prone to get revenge

Presidential Greatness Scale (1-poor to 5-great): 3

Comments:

When looking at our current President, Donald Trump, many look at the similarities to Andrew Jackson. Personally, I think it is probably a little too early in Trump’s administration to compare him to anyone yet. But Jackson was the original “Rally the Common Man” President. In fact, right after Jackson was sworn in, he invited that “common man” to celebrate his new administration at his new home, The White House. They trashed the place. I firmly believe that our government belongs to its citizens, not that our government is above its citizens. I applaud Jackson’s resolve to motivate citizens to take an active part in our government. But Jackson’s own stubbornness was also the cause for his just average ranking. He was determined to get his way on the banking issue, to the point that it brought our nation to an almost financial collapse. I hope our current President looks at President Jackson and comes to realize that stubbornness can only carry you so far.

American Lion - Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

American Lion – Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Favorite Andrew Jackson book:

American Lion – Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

Favorite Andrew Jackson story:

My favorite Andrew Jackson story happened on January 30, 1835. Jackson was leaving the US Capitol after attending the funeral of South Carolina Representative Warrant R. Davis. As he was leaving, an unemployed house painter named Richard Lawrence pulled out a pistol, aimed straight at Jackson, and pulled the trigger. The pistol failed to fire. Undeterred, Lawrence pulled out a second pistol, aimed straight at Jackson again, and pulled the trigger again. Again the pistol failed to fire. Everyone stood around stunned. Jackson, who was older and in frail health was walking with a cane at the time. As everyone stood around, not knowing what to do, Jackson started beating Lawrence with his cane. Finally, someone restrained Lawrence. The strangest thing is, the pistols were both tested over and over again, after the assassination attempt, and there was nothing wrong with them.

Most memorable Andrew Jackson memory:

Visiting the Hermitage (his home) just outside of Nashville, Tennessee

Favorite Andrew Jackson possession (see picture at the top):

The framed numbered Jacquelin C. Alexander print of the Saint Louis Cathedral (New Orleans). You can see the statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse in front of it.

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