A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

I want to take the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration.  All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America.  Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward.  We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.


Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States of America.  He held the office from March 4, 1829 until March 4, 1837.  He was, also, a planter, educator, lawyer, statesman, and military General.


Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 in Waxhaws, somewhere either in North Carolina or South Carolina.  His parents were from Northern Ireland.  His father died in an accident before Andrew was born.  He already had two siblings.  When Jackson was only 13 years old, he was a courier during the Revolutionary War.  One of his brothers died.  He and his other brother were captured by the British and contracted smallpox and were tortured while in captivity.  His mother secured their release, however his brother died before their release.  His mother then volunteered to nurse prisoners of war and ended up dying after contracting cholera.


Jackson then taught school and studied law.  In 1787, he was admitted to the bar. In 1788, he was appointed Solicitor of the Western District.  In 1796, he became a member of the US House of Representatives.  He briefly was a US Senator before retiring his post and then serving again in 1823.  He had, also, spent time as the Military Governor of Florida.  He ran for President in 1824, didn’t win, and ran again in 1828, and won.


Andrew Jackson married Rachel Donaldson Robards after she separated from her first husband in 1790.  This was actually bigamous, because her divorce was not final.  Rachel and Andrew remarried in 1794.  Andrew Jackson’s political rivals used the scandals surrounding Rachel to their political advantage.


Rachel died after Jackson’s election to the Presidency, but before his inauguration.  Jackson had three adopted sons, however one died in 1828.  The Jacksons had, also, served as guardians to eight other children.  Two other female family members served as co-hostesses in the White House.


Nicknames of Andrew Jackson were The Hero of New Orleans and Old Hickory.  These came from his exploits and reputation while serving in the military.  He was seen as heroic and tough.


Andrew Jackson died in 1845.  Places are named after Andrew Jackson and Sarah.  He is remembered on currency and stamps.  Equestrian statues have been erected in multiple locations.  Forts and a missile submarine were named after him.  He has cultural depictions and is a controversial figure history.  Negative aspects of his personality and some decisions he made as President are seen as poor.  He is depicted in positive ways as well and as the modern founder of the Democratic Party.


Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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