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Andrew Jackson: Life Portrait

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  • LIFE FACTS

    Personal

    First Lady: Donelson Emily, Niece of wife (Rachel)

    Wife's Maiden Name:
    Rachel Donelson

    Number of Children: 1

    Education Level: No College

    School Attended: No College

    Religion: Presbyterian

    Profession:
    Military

    Military Service:
    Major General


    Public Service

    Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1829 - 3/3/1837

    Presidency Number: 7

    Number of Terms: 2

    Why Presidency Ended: End of 2nd Term

    Party: Democratic

    His Vice President(s): John C. Calhoun, Martin Van Buren

    Senator: Tennessee (1797-1798), Tennessee (1823-1825)

    House of Representatives: Tennessee (1796-1797)

    Other Offices:
    Justice of the Tennessee Superior Court

    Footnotes  
    Methodology  &  Resources



    Did You Know?

    He was the first president to ride on a railroad train, the first to be born in a log cabin and the first president to be nominated by a political party.
    He survived the first attempt to assassinate a president.
    He is known historically for creating a strong executive branch.
    At age 13, while serving in the army, he was captured by the British. The British officer in charge ordered Jackson to clean his boots. Jackson refused; the officer struck him with his sword, leaving Jackson's face and hand permanently scarred.

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    Andrew Jackson Program
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    Clip # Start Time End Time Description
    1 0:00 4:42 Biographical vignette on Andrew Jackson
    2 6:01 7:08 Andrew Jackson and his home, the Hermitage
    3 7:08 7:45 Born in South Carolina, what attracted Jackson to the West
    4 8:18 9:42 Professor Remini discusses how Jackson changed the role of the president
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    5 11:00 12:41 The Hermitage curator discusses the Jackson home
    6 12:41 14:03 Jackson and architecture
    7 16:30 18:24 Tour and information on the front hall of the Hermitage
    8 18:58 20:18 Jackson's involvement in duels
    9 20:18 23:32 The significance of the Battle of New Orleans
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    10 25:16 26:31 Andrew Jackson as a general
    11 26:24 28:02 The nullification crisis; Jackson's position on states rights and the authority of the federal government
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    12 29:34 32:55 Caller question re: The Indian Removal Act and Jackson's role
    13 33:26 34:42 Caller question re: Jackson's estate at the time of his death
    14 34:42 36:35 Controversy over Jackson's place of birth (North Carolina or South Carolina); includes film footage
    15 36:35 37:34 The death of Jackson's mother; its impact upon Jackson as a child; includes the story of Jackson's conflict with a British officer at age 12 or 13
    16 37:34 38:06 Attempted assassination of Andrew Jackson
    17 38:44 39:54 Andrew Jackson and religion
    18 40:37 43:54 The Hermitage dining room (includes film), presidents who have visited the Hermitage and the floor covering in the dining room
    19 45:15 46:07 John Lafitte and his contributions during the War of 1812
    20 46:30 49:26 What did Jackson look like? Why are there so many portraits of Jackson in the Hermitage?
    21 49:43 51:35 Caller question re: If the Battle of New Orleans was fought after the Treaty of Ghent, why is it so important?
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    22 51:35 54:52 Andrew Jackson's limited political career prior to his presidency; Although he had limited experience, why was he an attractive presidential candidate?
    23 55:00 55:24 The election of 1824
    24 55:46 57:10 Caller question re: Andrew Jackson's relationship with Sam Houston
    25 57:55 1:01:10 A tour of the parlors in the Hermitage
    26 1:02:33 1:11:37 Where would Jackson stand on politics today? Jackson as a "strong" leader; the election of 1832 and the controversy of the Bank of the U.S.
    27 1:05:15 1:10:30 Hermitage curator Marsha Mullin discusses Rachel Jackson and the controversy surrounding her marriage to Andrew Jackson and its political implications
    28 1:12:15 1:13:04 Newspaper accounts of the controversy surrounding the Jackson marriage
    29 1:13:06 1:16:24 Life at the Hermitage during Jackson's presidency; Life at the Hermitage after Jackson's presidency
    30 1:21:07 1:23:02 Jackson's relationship with Native Americans; did he have a moral blind spot when it came to Native Americans? Jackson's adoption of a Native American child
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    31 1:23:09 1:26:45 Caller question re: The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek; Jackson's reputation among Native Americans today
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    32 1:29:46 1:31:48 Hermitage archeologist Larry McKee discusses Jackson's treatment of his slaves; what happened to Jackson's slaves after his death
    33 1:31:55 1:33:22 Was Andrew Jackson conflicted as a slave owner?
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    34 1:34:58 1:38:53 Caller questions re: Did Jackson's policy toward Native Americans change after he was elected president? How have different historians treated Jackson's policies toward Native Americans?
    35 1:39:03 1:41:06 Hermitage archeologist, Larry McKee discusses plantation life, crops, and his role as an archeologist (includes streamed video of the Hermitage grounds)
    36 1:43:49 1:46:48 Where are Jackson's papers, letters, etc.?
    37 1:46:50 1:49:01 Streamed video of the Hermitage library; how long did it take to get newspapers from the east coast to the Hermitage?
    38 1:49:01 1:51:46 Hermitage curator Marsha Mullin discusses Jackson's State of the Union addresses; technology at the Hermitage in Jackson's lifetime.
    39 1:54:11 1:55:44 The Jackson family cemetery which includes former slave Alfred Jackson
    40 1:56:44 1:57:14 Video of Jackson's tomb
    41 1:59:01 2:01:39 Years of Jackson's presidency; Jackson's vice-presidents; growth of the Democrat party; the nullification crisis
    42 10:24 11:44 Caller question re: reparations for slavery to African-Americans
    43 2:06:34 2:08:28 Relationship between Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay
    44 2:11:04 2:12:42 Jackson's philosophy of "to the victor go the spoils" and its relation to democracy
    45 2:14:07 2:16:30 Tour of the Jackson's Hermitage bedroom (includes video)
    46 2:16:30 2:18:24 The Peggy Eaton affair and the collapse of Jackson's cabinet
    47 2:20:08 2:23:21 Supreme Court appointees by Jackson; Roger Taney and the controversy over the Bank of the U.S.
    48 2:23:21 2:29:32 Interview with Andrew Jackson VI
    49 2:29:33 2:30:13 Professor Robert Remini's favorite Jackson story
    50 2:34:11 2:34:40 host question re: what should we all know about Andrew Jackson?


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