What if decisions made by you that you believed would benefit everyone instead ended up making people hate and despise you. Such was case in the life of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States of America. In my opinion the decisions made by Andrew Jackson were an attempt to benefit the country and its people. The fact that he was willing to make hard decisions that were unpopular at the time makes me believe that he was truly a hero of the people. They called Andrew Jackson "the people's president" because he was born and raised like most common people of his time. Andrew's father died the week before he was born and being son of poor Irish immigrants (1), he knew the meaning of hardship and was able to easily relate to the common person. By the age of 14 Jackson was an orphan and was forced to learn life's lessons the hard way. Andrew Jackson was the first president born into poverty and once stated "I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me" (2). .
The legacy of Andrew Jackson interests me because he was born into a harsh environment with little chance of success. However instead of giving up, he decided to make a difference and became a famous military leader and the President of the United States of America. Andrew Jackson was a born leader who helped benefit and change the future of the United States in many ways. During the War of 1812 he was the general in charge of the defense of New Orleans (3). Not only did he successfully defend the city and defeat an elite British army, he did so with only losing 13 members of his army (4). This decisive victory ultimately changed the way people viewed him and the course of the War of 1812. After the war of 1812, Jackson made the decision to invade Florida and he took control of the current Spanish government (5). This ended many problems that the United States had been having with Florida and not long after, Florida was made a State of the U.