Random Presidential Facts: Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson had no formal education.

He, and not his more famous successor, was actually the first President to be born in a log cabin.

After assuming office he gave more than 2,000 of his political supporters government jobs.

President Jackson more often than not consulted with a group of friends on matters of state. A group referred to as the “kitchen cabinet”, because they did in fact meet in the White House kitchen.

In 1835 President Jackson became the first, last and thus far ONLY President to completely pay off the national debt. Of course he did this by vetoing the recharter of Second Bank of the United States and pulling all US Government money which later resulted in an economic collapse and first major depression.

The condition of Jackson’s White House was described as “a backwoods Tennessee log cabin”. There were cigar burns on the rugs, and drapes. Overturned tobacco spittoons all over the place and not an empty chamber pot in the building.

In 1834 he became the first US President to be censured by Congress.

He was the only President to serve in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, as well as the only President to have been a prisoner of war.

He was the first President to have been born in a log cabin, and the First to ride a railroad train.

President Jackson was also for lack of a better term, an absolute badass.

Depending on who you believe, Andrew Jackson got the nickname “Old Hickory” for one of two reasons that were both absolutely true. During the War of 1812 Jackson’s men, astounded by his toughness, said that he was a tough as hickory. Jackson also had a notoriously short fuse and on more than one occasion used the hickory cane he carried to beat men in the streets.

When Chief Justice John Marshall ruled in favor of the Cherokee Nation during the “trail of tears” period President Jackson remarked “John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it.” He ignored the SCOTUS ruling and removed the Cherokee.

Presidents historically have had their own ways to blow off steam. Obama plays basketball. J. Q Adams and LBJ skinny dipped. JFK and Clinton, well you know.

President Jackson liked to duel. With pistols. Again, depending on the source he participated in 13-100 duels which in my book is 12-99 too many. One thing that no one disputed however was the Dickinson incident. Jackson challenged a man named Charles Dickinson to a duel. When the duel went down Andrew Jackson (absolutely insanely) offered Mr. Dickinson the first shot. He accepted and fired. Dickinsons shot hit Jackson square in the chest. With one hand Jackson squeezed the wound to stop the bleeding. With the other hand he squeezed off a shot. Jackson’s gun misfired which in dueling “etiquette” meant the duel was a draw. Old Hickory didn’t roll like that. He fired off another shot and made Mrs. Dickinson a widow. Andrew Jackson carried that bullet right next to his heart for the rest of his life.

In January of 1835 President Jackson became the first President to be the victim of an assassination attempt. While leaving the Capitol Building Jackson was approached by Richard Lawrence who had two loaded Derringer pistols. In what can only be described as extreme luck, or the power of extreme badassery, both shots missed President Jackson who at 67 years old with a bullet in his chest proceeded to beat Mr. Lawrence almost unconscious with his hickory cane.

One of President Jackson’s most famous quotes is: “I have only two regrets, I didn’t shoot Henry Clay and I didn’t hang John C. Calhoun.”

Clay when he was Speaker, screwed Jackson the first time he ran for President. Calhoun was President Jackson’s VP.

Author: Ryan Eatmon

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