Andrew Jackson 

He was  6 feet 1 inch tall and weighted around 140 pounds. Jackson was born on march 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw region straddling the border between North Carolina and South Carolina. The exact site of his birth remains in dispute. His father was Andrew Jackson (d. 1767) A farmer. His mother was Elizabeth “Betty” Hutchingson Jackson (d. 1781). 

Andrew had two older brothers, both born in Northern Ireland and both of whom lost their lives during the American Revolution. Hugh Jackson died of heat exhaustion after taking part on the battle of Stono Ferry in 1779. Robert Jackson, taken prisoner along with Andrew, contracted smallpox and died days after his release in 1781. 

Jackson married Rachel Donelson Robards in August 1791 at Natchez, Mississippi, They were both 24. The marriage was invalid, because Rachel’s divorce from her first husband, Lewis Robards, had not yet become final. They remarried, this time legally, on January 17, 1794, at Nashville, Tennessee. Jackson had no natural children; thus, no direct descendant of Jackson survives. 

At the age of 13 jackson, along with his brother Robert, joined the continental Army. He served in many other positions. He was elected U.S Representative (1796-1797), U.S. Senator (1797-1798), Justice of Tennessee Superior Court (1798-1804), U.S. Senator (1823-1825). Andrew Jackson was nominated for the Presidency and won against John Quincy Adams. His vice-president was John C. Calhoun. Jackson was reelected in 1832 having as a vice president to Martin Van Burden of New York. His opponent was Henry Clay (1777-1852). 

Jackson’s last years were spent in great discomfort. Chronic tuberculosis left him with only one functioning lung, his right eye went blind from a cataract. Near the end he could no longer lie flat but instead slept propped up in bed. After a surgery performed to him to drain water that has built up in his abdomen, Jackson fell unconscious. He died June 8, 1845, about 6pm.

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