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Andrew Jackson
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Andrew Jackson's "go get 'em" leadership mentality helped to secure victory at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. After defeating the British, Jackson became a symbol for rule of law and popular democracy. He became a hero for the "common man." His notoriety, including his attendance at a well-timed and well-staged 13th anniversary celebration of the Battle, helped propel Jackson to the presidency in 1828.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower had been ambivalent toward politics, but not leadership. He was first and foremost a military man. His command of the Allied forces during World War II made him a hero. According to John Eisenhower, his father did not think military men should run for the presidency, given the outcome of Ulysses S. Grant's administration. Political and popular pressure won him over and he accepted the Republican nomination in 1952.

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