American Presidents

Key Events in President Andrew Jackson's Administration

• Spoils System--- Jackson rewarded many of his political supporters with government jobs. His critics coined the phrase the "spoils system."
• Tariff and Nullification—In opposition to the Tariff of Abominations, the southern states, led by John C. Calhoun, declared that states had the right to nullify a law. Jackson used armed forcesto collect import duties; the crisis was resolved with a compromise bill sponsored by Henry Clay.
• The Bank of the United States---Jackson vetoed the charter for the second Bank of the United States on the grounds that the bank was unconstitutional and favored eastern manufacturers instead of the common people.

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