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Old Hickory - Biography of Andrew Jackson

            Andrew Jackson president of the United States, born and raised in South Carolina powerful leader, amazing war hero and the face of the twenty- dollar bill. The seventh U.S president Andrew Jackson, born on March 15, 1767 in the Waxhaw settlement, a community of Scotch-Irish immigrants along the border between North and South Carolina. Andrew Jacksons father Andrew Jackson had died before his birth, mother Elizabeth Hutchison Jackson was left a widow with her three sons Hugh, Robert, and Andrew. At age 13 Andrew joined the local militia and served as a courier during the Revolutionary War. His brother Hugh went to fight in the Battle of Stono Ferry in 1779 and ended up dying fighting against the British. During this battle, Andrew and Robert were captured by the British while in captivity Robert Jackson caught smallpox later that year he never recover, not long after his death Andrews mother died of Cholera in November of 1779, Andrew Jackson was then orphaned and later adopted by his uncle at age 14. Jackson only had an erratic education so he then went back to school and studied law in Salisbury, he later became a lawyer in Jonesborough. Andrew Jackson had many jobs ranging from lawyer to politician, politics actually lead him to meet his wife. In 1788 Jackson met Rachel Donelson Robards, unhappily married at the time as well as separated from Captain Lewis Robards. In 1791 Andrew and Rachel got married, this brought light upon the Jacksons Rachel and Lewis were not officially divorced when Andrew and her married. Andrew willingness to face him and Rachels attackers gave him the reputation of a quarrelsome man, he even challenger one accuser Charles Dickinson and won. The Jacksons adopted three sons- Theodore (an indian orphan), Andrew Jackson Jr. (son of Rachel's brother), Lyncoya (Creek Indian orphan). .
             In 1796, Jackson got elected to the House of Representatives and not even a year later Jackson was elected to the Senate.

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