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Andrew Jackson

An evaluation of a few of the roles the 7th President of the United States had.
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Eva Schmidt

on 10 May 2013

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Transcript of Andrew Jackson

Background Chief Executive Chief Diplomat Chief of State "I became a soldier for the good of my country. Difficulties met me at every step. I thank God it was my good fortune to surmount them. The war over and peace restored, I sought to retire again to my farm and to private life, where but for the call made be my country to the Senate I should have contentedly remained.... If this makes me so, I am a "military chieftain." " Jackson was born into poverty in S. Carolina, where he was raised, and studied law in his late teen years in N. Carolina. He moved to Tennessee later, where he became a rising politician by 1812, and married Rachel Donelson. Jackson soon became wealthy as he was able to purchase a mansion (the Hermitage), as well as slaves. Appointing Cabinet Positions: Andrew Jackson A massive issue of foreign policy during the Jacksonian era included issues with the Native Americans. As Americans were not allies with the Native's during this period of time, they lived separately on the same land.
Court cases such as "Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia" and "Warchester vs. Georgia" proved confusion as to which laws the Natives follow. After an incident where a Native killed someone on Cherokee Land, judge John Marshall issued an injunction. - Part of the House of Representatives
and Senate in Tennessee
- Lost the Election of 1824 from a "corrupt bargain"
- Created the Democratic Party
- Won the Election of 1828
(Jackson's wife Rachel died shortly
after his victory) (1767 - 1845) Bibliography Chief of Party Overall Performance as President Early - Mid LIfe Early Political Life (Before Presidency) Secretary of State: Martin Van Buren Secretary of the Treasury: Samuel Ingham Secretary of War: John Eaton Secretary of the Navy: John Branch As well as having an official Cabinet, Jackson created a group of informal advisers, who would become his
"Kitchen Cabinet". - William Lewis (Tennessee) - Amos Kendall (Kentucky)
- Duff Green (Missouri) - Isaac Hill (New Hampshire) Jackson's decision to consult a small informal group on the Nation's policies met criticism from the press as the group appeared to only agree with every Jacksonian policy.

Ultimately, despite appearances, the informal group was a great idea that did allow for Jackson to consult multiple people while using his "spoils of victory" to his advantage. At the time he chose to create the "kitchen cabinet", though, it was not met positively among the people, which unfortunately makes his decision a bad and good idea at the same time. In this statement made by Jackson after the corrupt bargain in the Election of 1824, it is easy to see how he became an easy favorite of the American people at the time, later making him the "common man's president".
As he is able to show the extents of his bravery in the military, as well as success after being raised in a poor family, Jackson being the ceremonial head of the government meant a lot to the "common man". These facts proved true when even before Adams inauguration in 1824, Jackson was named a candidate for the election of 1828, and he later won the election. Jackson was successful in being the Chief of State, as the "Common Man's President", marking a massive success in his presidency. After losing the election of 1824, with the most electoral votes, Jackson created the Democrat party, making him without a doubt extremely influential as he carried out his role as Chief of Party. Chief of State: Chief Executive: Chief Diplomat: Chief of Party: Chief Citizen: Positive Positive Negative & Positive Negative Chief Citizen "King Mob" The Peggy Eaton Affair Jackson did not meet this issue well, as it is quoted: John Marshall has made his decision: now let him enforce it!" He did make a treaty, though, forcing the Cherokee's to leave for the west within the following two years. During the "Trail of Tears" (which became known as the time the Natives were leaving), thousands died from horrible conditions. Although this policy was created during Jackson's presidency, the incident occurred afterwords, and he remained silent on the issue. * Overall as a Chief Diplomat Jackson showed horrible policies in his presidency that unfortunately hurt his overall success as a president. - Andrew Jackson In his Inaugural party, Jackson further proved himself as the People's president, when many were invited to this huge event to celebrate his victory. As his entrance into the office, this event predicted what the Jacksonian Democracy brought, creating no doubt he would fulfill his duties as Chief Citizen. Positive "I did not come here to make a cabinet for the ladies of this place, but for the nation!" - Jackson Peggy Eaton, the wife of John Eaton, had rumors spreading about her late husbands death being her fault. Because of this, the women would harass her, including the John C. Calhoun's wife. Regardless of the fact the two men would not work well together after this, Jackson stood up for her, and proved himself as Chief Citizen. Although Jackson may have had a bit of a controversial presidency, especially in regards to how he handled the conflict between the Natives and the citizens at the time, he was definitely an effective president that carried out his roles. He did what he deemed correct, and for the most part was able to efficiently lead the country as the "Common Man's President". Brands, H.W. Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times. Doubleday, 2005. Print. "Andrew Jackson" http://www.history.com/topics/andrew-jackson History. 3 May 2013. "Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil & The Presidency" http://www.pbs.org/kcet/andrewjackson/edu/domesticpolicy.html PBS. 3 May 2013.
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