Today I would like to tell you about a man. He was an important leader in the War of 1812. He also was the 7th President of the United States of America. His name is Andrew Jackson.
Jackson was born March 15, 1767, in South Carolina. Early on he was involved in the American Revolution as a courier. His brothers, Hugh and Robert, fought in the war. Hugh died on June 20, 1779, from heat exhaustion. Jackson and Robert were captured by the British in 1781. Jackson was asked to clean a British officer’s boots; Jackson refused clean them, and the solider slashed at Jackson leaving wounds on his head and arm that would last him to the grave. After the war he became a lawyer. He married Rachel Robards in 1788. He was involved in a duel with Charles Dickson in which Jackson killed him.
Jackson was called to lead an army of 2,000 volunteers to New Orleans in order to protect the city from attack. He and his men fought a battle with the Creek Indians on August 30, 1813. He then was ordered to crush the hostile Indians. He was very successful and won many battles against the Red Sticks. Suddenly the British started to advance towards New Orleans. He rushed his men to the city. He was very instrumental in defeating the British. The enemy was destroyed.
Jackson ran for President in 1824. However, the polls tied him and his opponent John Quincy Adams. They called on Henry Clay, the Speaker of the House, to break the tie. Clay voted for Adams, and Jackson suspected foul play. He made sure he would win the next election, and of course, he did. However, his wife died from a heart attack on December 22, 1828. He was very successful as president. He strove to end the Federal Bank. He was the last President to balance the budget in 1836. Richard Lawrence tried to assassinate him in 1835. However, Lawrence’s gun misfired, and Jackson was safe. He retired from office in 1837. He died on June 8, 1845.
Andrew Jackson was a great leader and a brilliant general. I hope you have enjoyed this essay.
Samuel Duarte JM