Andrew Jackson

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National Bank

When Andrew Jackson destroyed the National Bank in 1833 thousands of Americans were very happy. He destroyed the national bank because he said that it only helped the wealthy, elite men and not the common, working class families. After destroying it, more money went to the working class.

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"Old Hickory"

Andrew Jackson defeated a large British force in the War of 1812, giving him the nickname "Old Hickory" for his toughness and bravery. He is the only president who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. After winning the Battle of New Orleans he became a national icon and hero.

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Common Man

Andrew Jackson is known as the common man, coming from working class immigrant parents, but was brought up without a father. The main reason Jackson won the election of 1829 was because people could relate to him more than other opponents. When Jackson became president, he became the first one to use the Spoils System, rewarding his supporters with government positions because he didn't know any powerful political men.

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President Andrew Jackson

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