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Andrew Jackson Biography and Facts For Kids


Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaw settlement on the border of South Carolina and North Carolina and so both states claim him as being born there. A child of the backwoods, he was left an orphan at 14. Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States and served from 1829 to 1837. Jackson rode on a wave of popularity that almost took him into the presidency in the previous election of 1824. The vote was split with Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, and William H. Crawford, and when the election was decided in the House of Representatives, Clay threw his influence to Adams, and Adams became President. His long military career began in 1781, when he fought against the British in a skirmish at Hanging Rock. As a war hero Jackson defeated the Creek warriors, tacit allies of the British, at Horseshoe Bend during the War of 1812. In 1818 he was sent to take reprisals against the Seminole, but, misinterpreting orders, he crossed the boundary line, captured Pensacola, and executed two British subjects, thus involving the United States in serious trouble with both Spain and Great Britain.

Fun Facts and Trivia About Andrew Jackson

When is Andrew Jackson’s birthday: March 15, 1767
Where was Andrew Jackson born: Waxhaw Settlement, S.C.
Where did Andrew Jackson go to college: He didn’t
What was Andrew Jackson’s profession: Lawyer
Who was Andrew Jackson married to: Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson
How many children did Andrew Jackson have: 10 adopted children
What number president was Andrew Jackson: 7th
What political party did Andrew Jackson belong to: Democrat
Who was Andrew Jackson’s vice president: John C. Calhoun – Martin Van Buren
When was Andrew Jackson president: 1829-1837
How many terms did Andrew Jackson serve: 2
When did Andrew Jackson die: June 8,1845
How old was Andrew Jackson when he died: 78
Where is Andrew Jackson buried: Hermitage, Tennessee

Andrew Jackson Quotes

  • “Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”
  • “The moment we engage in confederations, or alliances with any nation we may from that time date the downfall of our republic.”
  • “One man with courage makes a majority”
  • “Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defence and is conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”
  • “In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of talents.”
  • “Our brief was to create an environment where people could feel comfortable shopping, dining, relaxing and meeting friends and it is wonderful that our design has been acknowledged in this way.”

Timeline of the Life of Andrew Jackson

1767 Andrew Jackson was born in Waxhaw settlement, S.C.
1780 Jackson is an orderly in the Revolutionary War
1783 Jackson taught school in Waxhaw
1787 Jackson admitted to the bar at age 20
1788 Jackson appointed solicitor or attorney general for what is now Tennessee
1791 Jackson marries Mrs. Rachel Donelson Robards
1794 Remarried Mrs. Robards
1796 Elected to U.S. House of Representatives
1797 Elected to U.S. Senate
1814 Defeated the Creek Indians in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend
1815 Defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans
1821 Appointed provisional governor of Florida
1823 Elected to U.S. Senate
1828 Elected as the 7th President of the United States
1832 Re-elected President of U.S.
1832 Jackson vetoed a bill to renew the charter of the Bank of the U.S.
1832 South Carolina declared the federal tariff laws null and void. Jackson sent U.S. troops to S.C.
1832 John C. Calhoun resigned as Vice-President which made him one of the only VP to resign from office.
1833 Slavery was outlawed in British colonies.
1833 Jackson removed government funds from the Bank of the U.S.
1836 Arkansas became a state.
1836 Wisconsin organized as a territory.
1836 Texas declared its independence from Mexico during the Battle of the Alamo.
1837 Michigan became a state.
1845 Andrew Jackson Died at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee