How Did Andrew Jackson Contribute To Government

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Born in 1767, Andrew Jackson grew a military career into political fame. Elected in 1828, he began an era of so-called Jacksonian Democracy with his party, the Democratic party. During his presidency, Jackson tackled three major issues: the rechartering of the Second Bank of the United States, the Nullification Crisis, and rising tension between the native Indian Americans and Georgians who wanted to expand. He died in 1845, at the age of 78, at his homestead, the Hermitage. Childhood & Career Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 to poor Scotts-Irish parents. Serving as a courier for the revolutionary forces at age 13, he witnessed the deaths of his family at the hands of disease and the British. Jackson, now an orphan, went to live with his uncles and study law. After later being admitted to the North Carolina bar, he became more rich and famous, joining the convention for writing a new Tennessee constitution. He was elected to the senate after serving two years as the first House of Representatives member from Tennessee, and resigned after just one year. In the War of 1812, Jackson commanded American forces in the battle of New Orleans, a massive victory that took place weeks after the treaty had been signed, ending the war. This huge moral boost propelled…show more content…
However, this tariff would destroy any crop export profits, and, because the southern economy was agriculture-based, the so-called "Tariff of Abominations" infuriated Southerners. South Carolina, under the advice of vice president Calhoun (who was from South Carolina) threatened to nullify the tariff. This conflict between states ' rights and federal rule was ominous. Andrew Jackson, in response to this nullification, sent federal troops to South Carolina and ended any threat of nullification. The tariff was reduced to a more agreeable level in a compromise brokered by Henry
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