Why is Andrew Jackson important?

Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States of America. This position would usually be more than enough to make him an important person in American history.  But his election as President during his tenure was considered a true popular vote as he defeated the incumbent President John Quincy Adams in the 1828 elections.  It is said that during this period, the race for the U.S. Presidency was not about platforms but rather about the candidates themselves.  Jackson was deemed as representative of the common man so his election was considered a very important part of American history.  Jackson was a strong supporter of the Union and pushed for more equality in terms of getting power away from wealthy people.

Even before Jackson became President, he already became an important figure in American politics.  Four years before his election, Jackson actually won the popular vote in the 1824 presidential elections against John Quincy Adams.  But Adams had more electoral votes and was declared President at the time.  There were also issues involved with Adams’ presidency which were unpopular to many Americans, so Jackson even became more popular.  Just a year into Adams’ presidency, Jackson was nominated to run for President in the next election.

Andrew Jackson also served as a lawyer in North Carolina during his early career.  He was also part of the convention that led to the creation of the Tennessee Constitution.  He also served as a justice in the U.S. Supreme Court and became a major general for the U.S. military.  Before he became President, Jackson also became the first ever Tennessee representative and later became a senator.  His political and military contributions made Jackson a very important figure during his time.  Although some of his deeds were deemed unpopular, Jackson was able to become President for two successive terms.

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