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Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaws region of the Carolinas in 1767. He was a
courier, landowner, lawyer, merchant, decorated military hero, judge and politician. Best known for being the
seventh President of the United States, Jackson was a favorite of the people, even earning the nickname "the
people's President." An orphan before the age of 15, he turned to the study of law in North Carolina while in his
late teens. He was admitted to the bar in 1787 and started practicing law in Tennessee. Jackson was a member of the
committee that settled the Constitution of Tennessee in 1796. Also in that same year he became the first U.S. House
of Representatives member to be elected from Tennessee. The next year, he was elected to the Senate, but only
served a term of eight months before resigning. He became an elected judge for the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1798,
where he served in that capacity until 1804. After resigning from the Supreme Court, Jackson purchased an immense
plantation, named "Hermitage" where he grew cotton. Although he had first been appointed Commander of the Tennessee
Militia in 1801, it wasn't until the War of 1812 that Jackson became appointed Major General for leading a victory
at Horseshoe Bend. Assuming the prime role for defeating the British in New Orleans in 1815, Jackson became a
national war hero overnight. Jackson was re-elected to the senate in 1822, and lost his first Presidential race to
John Quincy Adams in 1824. Four years later, Jackson became the 7th President of the United States by securing a
landslide victory. As President, Jackson did not simply pass on the job of policy making to Congress. He was the
first President who used his "power to veto" to assume command. Jackson died in 1845 and is still regarded as one
of the most influential U.S. Presidents. As testament to his contribution to the United States of America, his face
can be found on the U.S. $20 bill.
One man with courage makes a majority.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect
Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States.
I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the
funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided
the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I
take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That
may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty
thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have
determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out!
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evil exist only in its abuse.
Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better
man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.
In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of
I was born for the storm, and a calm does not suit me.
The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his government, deserves to
be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe.
If Congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to
use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all
other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits granting exclusive privileges
Never take counsel of your fears.
All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere
bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.
Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will
all political power be substantially concentrated.
To the victors belong the spoils.
War is a blessing compared with national degradation.
If the Union is once severed, the line of separation will grow wider and wider, and the
controversies which are now debated and settled in the halls of legislation will then be tried in
fields of battle and determined by the sword.
Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.
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.
I have always been afraid of banks.
It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to
their own selfish purposes.
Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.
Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of
the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I
cannot fear the result.
It is maintained by some that the bank is a means of executing the constitutional power "to
coin money and regulate the value thereof." Congress have established a mint to coin money
and passed laws to regulate the value thereof. The money so coined, with its value so
regulated, and such foreign coins as Congress may adopt are the only currency known to the
Constitution. But if they have other power to regulate the currency, it was conferred to be
exercised by themselves, and not to be transferred to a corporation. If the bank be
established for that purpose, with a charter unalterable without its consent, Congress have
parted with their power for a term of years, during which the Constitution is a dead letter. It
is neither necessary nor proper to transfer its legislative power to such a bank, and therefore
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on
equable and lasting terms.
The Constitution and the laws are supreme and the Union indissoluble.
I've got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word.
Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious
but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains
protection while he gives it.
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward
who deserts in the hour of danger.