Jackson the Villain Devil as a person, tyrant as a leader

Born in 1767, Jackson served as a courier in the Revolutionary War at a young age of 13, he was soon orphaned at age of 14 mainly because of the Revolutionary War and some other deadly diseases. That greatly affected his personality and shaped his political career later on.

Jackson's career started as a lawyer working in the frontier and earned a fortune and fame there.

As a person, Jackson is known his hot tempered and violent personality, or in a famous historian Daniel Feller's words, "larger-than-life character and career".
Jackson married Rachel Donelson Robards, she had a spouse when Jackson stepped in but eventually married Jackson. He was called a marriage scandal by his enemies and often attacked by his political opponents because of that. In May 30th, 1806, Jackson challenged Charles Dickinson to one of his 103 duels in defense of his wife's honor, Jackson killed Dickinson after he took a bullet in the chest.

After becoming a war hero at the Battle of New Orleans, Jackson soon transformed himself as a political figure and created the new Democratic Party. He lost the first election to John Quincy Adams, but won it back the following term.

As a president, Jackson ran the office like a tyrant. He made his closest friends as his advisers and named them the kitchen cabinet, ignoring the previous cabinet members by rejecting their advice.
Throughout his political career, the action Jackson got criticized the most was non other than the Indian Removal act which eventually developed into the Trail Of Tears. Jackson removed thousands of Native Americans off their homeland and put them in reservations, but he doesn't feel guilty for that as he said "Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms."
Jackson supporters might argue that everything Jackson did was to American citizen's benefits, even removing Indians was the free up land for American pioneers and trailblazers to explore.
Jackson's supporters did make a good point on that Jackson was thinking for the Americans. But trying to be a good leader shouldn't be proved as moving others out of their land so his own people can use it.

"A man nicknamed “Indian killer” and “Sharp Knife” surely deserves the top spot on a list of worst U.S. Presidents." Said Gale Courey Toensing. Maybe Jackson isn't one of the worst presidents, bu he's surely a brutal man and hot tempered president.


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