Andrew Jackson

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They came to the United States two years before he was born. The future president of the United States of America was born in 1767, the son of Scotch-Irish parents.

His name was Andrew Jackson. His father died in the Revolutionary war, leaving his mother a pregnant widow. When Jackson turned 13, he joined a regiment and was captured by the British. He was wounded, and nearly killed by a sword because he refused to polish a British officers shoes. His brother contracted small pox while there. Finally, their mother got them released, but Andrew's brother was not able to survive through the long car ride home, and died on the way. At the age of 15, Jackson lived with neighbors and relatives, and he was able to finish school and even teach for two years. When Jackson turned seventeen, he made his decision to become a lawyer. He became a clerk for a lawyer in Salisbury, North Carolina, and he lived in a tavern with his students.

Jackson practiced law in the Western District,(what was to be Tennessee) when he was twenty-one, where he accepted a job as a public prosecutor. He practiced law for the next seven years, and he married Rachel Donelson Robards. An interesting fact: Rachel's' ex-husband was an abusive man, and Jackson once threatened him.

In the winter of 1796, Jackson was on a committee to draft a constitution.

Jackson was given the opportunity to associate with many powerful men, which automatically gave him a boost in his just beginning career, and they made him the first member of the house of representatives of the white house of Tennessee.

Jackson sat in congress from December 1796 to late spring 1797. Jackson's biggest accomplishment during that session was his request to get compensation for the...