8th President Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was the 8th President of the United States, he was elected in 1829 and served through 1837.

During his term Jackson’s Secretary of War, John Eaton was under scrutiny about the marriage of widowed Peggy O’Neill. When they got married rumors started flying about how long they had been having a relationship, most people thought that they had been having an affair while her former husband was still alive. President Jackson defended Peggy and John Eaton but few actually believed President Jackson.

  • Another notable occurrence during President Jackson’s time in office was the Maysville Road bill, this bill asked for funding in building a road stretching from Maysville to Washington. Jackson disagreed with the bill, so he vetoed it.
  • In 1830 the Indian Removal act was passed, this act basically removed the Indians from their territory and plopped them somewhere else. Most tribes went willingly in the beginning but  later in time they resisted being ‘removed’ and that resulted in what was dubbed the Black Hawk War due to the fact that the main instigator was named Blackhawk. From what I gathered it wasn’t much of a ‘war’ but still.  America as a whole wasn’t very nice to the Indians during that time period.

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  •  During President Jackson’s time spent in office in 1832,  the south,I guess you could say rebelled against a tariff passed by the country. They believed the tariff was favoring the north over them. A tariff is another word for tax, and this tariff taxed imported goods. The result of the tariff cut into the south’s profit but benefited the north and as you can imagine the south, and especially South Carolina weren’t very happy about that. So the south proposed something called nullification, this is where the states or state declare the bill or law unconstitutional within their own borders, (We can still use Nullification now,) anyway in response to that congress passed the Force Act which stated that we could take military action against anyone one that resisted the tariff acts. (But then again) Thankfully, South Carolina and Andrew Jackson found a compromise that slowly lowered the tariff over the next decade.
  • In 1832 President Jackson vetoed the recharter Second Bank of the United State. Jackson vetoed this because he deemed it unconstitutional because of the control it handed to the banks, one of the bigger issues in the bill was that  it exempted foreign stockholders from taxation but contained a loop hole, that let the states to tax resident stockholders. After the veto the House and Senate weren’t able to gather enough votes to override the veto.
  • And guess what happened in January 30th, 1835, an assassination attempt on President Jackson’s life by one Richard Lawrence. It was an epic failure, both of Lawrence’s guns misfired. After the police arrested Lawrence he spent the rest of his life in a mental institution. Lawrence seemed to be on his own in his attempt on President Jackson’s life but Jackson was convinced that he was hired by opposing parties.
  • The Texas Revolution also happened during Jackson’s time in office, but we didn’t join the United States until 1845, the year Jackson died.

There we go, that was all the major events that went on during President Jackson’s term.