Andrew Jackson Essay

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Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of the United States. He was elected President in the year 1828 and worked to advance his democratic party's agenda. He was nicknamed “Old Hickory” because he was as tough and rigid as a piece of wood. He accomplished a great deal of “firsts” as President. He was the first President to live in a log cabin, he was the first president to have an actual campaign, he was the first to have his vice-president resign(1), he was the first to marry a divorcee(2) and many other’s. Although he had some successes while in office, he made controversy with some of the decisions he made on important issues. On account of his self-serving actions as President of the ...view middle of the document...

Jackson’s use of the spoils system is another example of his underhandedness. The spoils system is when a political party that wins an election rewards its active supporters by appointing them to government posts and other favors. (3) Previously used by Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson continued to use the spoils system to help out his personal friends and supporters. The spoils system opened government positions to many of Jackson’s followers. For example, he dismissed five out of eight kitchen cabinet members in the middle of his first term. Although this practice was not new or used only by Andrew Jackson, it showed his desire to further his own and his party’s agenda by appointing only the people he wanted to be in power. It is interesting that Andrew Jackson once stated that “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes”, because his statement shows that he is a hypocrite.
Another example of Jackson’s poor leadership is when he passed the Indian Removal Act, which gave the federal government the power to relocate any Native Americans in...

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