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Andrew Jackson and the election of 1828

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President Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson the man

A. Born in South Carolina, both parents died before he was 15.

B. Was poorly educated, but still became a successful frontier lawyer

C. Became the first Congressman from Tennessee and soon after became a Senator.

D. Resigned from Senate and joined the military in 1801, led U.S. Army in many Indian Wars in present day Florida, prior to his service in the War of 1812.

E. Earned the nickname Old Hickory during Battle of New Orleans, his men claimed he was "tough as Old Hickory Wood".

F. Jackson was involved in over 100 duels, but died of natural causes with two bullets in his body, one only two inches from his heart.

 

Election of 1828

  1. Considered the first modern campaign
        1. Mudslinging gets its start
    1. Jackson accused Adams of wasting federal funds on gambling devices (billiard tables and chess sets)
    2. Adams called Jackson a backwoods fool that could only spell one word in four; he also accused him of being an adulter.
        1. 1st time trinkets such as buttons, metal coins, and flags were used to sway voters
        2. Candidates also held cookouts, parades, and rallies to attract voters
  1. When the dust settled Jackson won with 56% of the vote and an overwhelming majority of the Electoral College.

Inauguration of Andrew Jackson

  1. Considered the first common man president
  2. After Inauguration rode his horse right into the White House.
  3. Waiting inside were his friends, walking on the furniture with muddy boots, eating everything in sight, tearing down curtains, hanging from chandeliers, breaking furniture and stealing articles from the White House.
  4. Beer Kegs and liquor had to be moved outside to lure partiers from the house.
  5. Many guest were found the next morning passed out on the White House lawn.
  6. These parties happened frequently under the Jackson Administration, though none as wild as the Inaugural party.

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Andy Jackson being Sworn In

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Party at the White House

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