Andrew Jackson A strong-willed hero

Andrew Jackson, the fifth president of the United States, was notorious hero. Even though he has committed some questionable actions during his presidency; he has done more greater and better deeds than bad.

Andrew Jackson was a democratic leader who believed the people were the power of our nation. He was called the "Champion of common men." Jackson himself once said, "The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power."

Before Jackson was president, a good portion of the government was made up of dishonorable, corrupt officials. He quickly sought removable of all these officials to cleanse the government and make it fair. In the article, Time to Clean up Corruption, it states, "The officers he replaced were largely inept, corrupt or were politically opposed to Jackson."

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes." -Andrew Jackson

Jackson was all about the people and keeping things fair for all. The Bank of America was unfair because it only favored the rich and did little for the common people. In the article, the Bank Veto, it states, "He was convinced that the Bank was not only unconstitutional—as Jefferson and his followers had long maintained—but that its concentrated financial power represented a dire threat to popular liberty."

During the Westward expansion, there were many battles with the native Americans. Even though Jackson had no sympathy for indians, he did adopt an indian boy who had lost his parents. In the article, Lyncoya, Jackson's Native American Child, it states, "In 1813, Andrew Jackson sent home to Tennessee a Native American child who was found on the battlefield with his dead mother."

However, some might disagree and say that Jackson was a villain instead of a hero. In order for America to grow, it cost many native american lives. Jackson forced them to move west, believing it was better for them and America. In the article, Memorial of the Cherokee Nation, the Cherokee state, "We have a perfect and original right to remain without interruption or molestation... But if we are compelled to leave our country, we see nothing but ruin before us."

Even though Jackson forced the Native American's out of their land, he did it for the greater good...

Andrew Jackson was the first and only president to ever pay off the national debt....

Not only did he leave our country rich, but he also boosted the economy as well as expanded our territory west.

He led the industrial revolution to the west, which carried advancement and knowledge.

In the article, Westward Expansion, it states, "However, westward expansion provided the United States with vast natural resources and ports along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts for expanding trade, key elements in creating the superpower America is today."

"As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending." -Andrew Jackson

During his presidency, Andrew Jackson ruled with the heart of a common man, and the mind of a soldier. He has accomplished more good that overpower the bad. If it weren't for Jackson America would not have expanded and grown to become the free, and powerful nation it is today.

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