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Andrew Jackson: A Presidential Unit

Andrew Jackson was born March 15, 1767 in Waxhaw, South Carolina and died June 8, 1845. He was our first president born in a log cabin and he lived a very interesting life.

Political Party: Democrat
Years Served: 1829 - 1837
Vice President(s): John C. Calhoun and Martin Van Buren
Name of his parents: Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth Hutchinson
Wife’s name: Rachel Donelson Robards (1767-1828), in August 1791 and in a second ceremony on January 17, 1794
Yearly Salary as President: $25,000.00
Physical Stature: 6 feet, 1 inch
State of Birth: South Carolina


“Andrew Jackson was the first president born in a log cabin. He had no male adult to look up to as his father died before he was born. Jackson was a self-made man. He went to school until he was thirteen. Then he fought in the US Revolutionary War. The scar on his forehead came when he refused to obey his captors. He had a reputation of being tough and was nicknamed ‘Old Hickory.’ In spite of his limited education, he became a lawyer and politician in what was to be Tennessee. He became a national hero in the War of 1812. His military fame helped him win the presidency. He was the first president to be elected by the people. Opponents dubbed his supporters ‘the mob.’ He was a strong leader. He used the powers of the presidency to veto and argue with Congress for the benefit of the working man. He fought for the preservation of the Union.”

On Line Lesson Plans:

Andrew Jackson from DiscoverySchool.com
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie’s Page
Andrew Jackson from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

The Biography of Andrew Jackson
The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson
A Biography of Andrew Jackson
7th President of the United States
American Presidents’ Life Portraits
The American Presidency from Grollier
White House Historical Society
The History Buff -- US Presidents
Roll Call of the Presidents


Trivia Questions:

1. Name Jackson’s other political positions. [Answer: Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1796-97; United States Senator, 1797-98; Justice on Tennessee Supreme Court, 1798-1804; Governor of the Florida Territory, 1821; United States Senator, 1823-25]

2. What was the name of Jackson’s children? [Answer: only one, a son named Andrew Jackson, Jr. who was adopted.]

3. What college did Andrew Jackson graduate from? [Answer: none, he had not formal schooling after the age of 13.]

4. What was Andrew Jackson’s favorite dish? [Answer: turkey hash]

5. What piece of money is Andrew Jackson on? [Answer: the 20 dollar bill].

6. Name some of Andrew Jackson’s nicknames. [Answer: Hero of New Orleans, King Andrew the First, Old Hickory, The People’s President.]



Of Note:

Jackson was the only president who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Jackson was the only president to have been a prisoner of war. He was thirteen when he joined the South Carolina militia to fight in the Revolutionary War. After his capture, he was ordered to clean the boots of a British officer. Jackson refused. The officer then drew his sword and slashed Jackson across the forehead, leaving a scar.

Jackson was the first president born in a log cabin.

Jackson was involved in many duels. A duel on May 30, 1806 against Charles Dickinson was over some unflattering remarks made about Jackson's wife. In this duel Jackson was wounded. After he was hit, he took aim and fired at Dickinson. Jackson's gun misfired. As Dickinson was forced to stand his ground, Jackson took aim once again and killed Dickinson. The bullet that wounded Jackson was lodged near his heart and could not be safely removed. He carried that bullet in his chest for the rest of his days.

Jackson was the first president to ride on a railroad train

Andrew Jackson loved to chew tobacco. When he moved into the White House in 1829, he ordered spittoons for the parlors.

During the burial service for Andrew Jackson in June 1845, the President’s pet parrot, Poll, had to be removed from the scene for screeching swear words.

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