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American Lion: Andrew Jackson, Man of the People

Updated on June 19, 2014

Also, a very controversial figure!

This Jon Meacham biography is a fascinating portrayal of Jackson in the context of both his political battles and his family - both contentious sets of relationships. As I write this, I'm still reading the book on my Kindle. I had waited a long time to read a full biography of Andrew Jackson, our seventh President, because of the period in which he served. Having now read a lot before, and a lot after, I felt I was ready to learn more about the "Jacksonian Era" as some historians refer to the period.

Image is of a portrait of Andrew Jackson in his White House years by Ralph Earl, who lived in the White House with Jackson during his first term; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

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AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House
AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House

This is an excellent book by an outstanding writer about a critical figure in American History. The controversies in his family life and his political life are the focus of this book. I'm currently reading it on my Kindle and heartily recommend it if you have an interest in this set of topics.

 

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Let's let Amazon select some further readings on Andrew Jackson.

Have you read an Andrew Jackson biography? - What is your impression of the man and his 'era?'

I welcome your comments on the man, his activities, his 'era' and anything else that has come to your mind, so far... ;-)

Have you read an Andrew Jackson biography?

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans with Statue of Gen. Jackson
St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans with Statue of Gen. Jackson

Statue of Gen. Jackson in front of St. Louis Cathedral

Celebration of the Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812)

Among many things he did, General Andrew Jackson was probably best known as the commander of the defeat of the elite British troops at the Battle of New Orleans at the end of the War of 1812. These were troops who had just arrived from Europe having defeated Napoleon. Even tho' the war had officially ended by the time of the battle, word had not yet arrived, and the Battle put an interesting exclamation point on the war and assured Jackson national prominence.

General Jackson defeating the British in the Battle of New Orleans

General Jackson defeating the British in the Battle of New Orleans
General Jackson defeating the British in the Battle of New Orleans
Jackson at time of first presidential bid in 1824
Jackson at time of first presidential bid in 1824

Andrew Jackson ran for president three times

He lost in 1824 by vote of the House; though he had won the popular vote.

Andrew Jackson was the first to run as "a man of the people." Voting law changes had changed to make many more people (men) eligible to vote. He was among the first, and certainly the most effective at the time, to actually campaign for the office by traveling the countryside.

In 1824, he won the popular vote, but not the Electoral College vote. He lost in the House, to that he called the 'unholy alliance' to John Quincy Adams with Henry Clay becoming Secretary of State. In 1828, Jackson won the Presidency and was re-elected in 1832.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Yes, I need to do even more reading! I've missed out on this. Thanks for sharing.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      He is a very interesting man, and I enjoy the early history of the United States - so I ought to read about him more!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      One of the more interesting presidents.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @MariaMontgomery: Familiar. I had it on the Kindle for a long time, months, before I started reading mine... ;-)

      Thanks for your comment! ;-)

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Hi, Bill! I bought this book, in my pre-Nook days, but haven't had time to read it. I need to get on it!

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Virginia Allain: That was kind of what I did. I do recommend it to you! ;-)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I do like biographies and his life and times were important in American history. Maybe after I finish my Civil War projects, I'll give this a try.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @PlethoraReader: Thank you, very much! You will enjoy it. It is a good read! THANKS for the blessing, as well! ;-)

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      Matthew 4 years ago from Silicon Valley

      I am working through the biographies of every US president and this had to be added to the list. Great job! Blessed!