American Lion: Andrew Jackson, Man of the People
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
Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - American Lion: Andrew Johnson
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.
Useful Links on the Book and on Andrew Jackson
- Andrew Jackson on Wikipedia
Always a useful place to go for information on just about anything. Good source of background information on Andrew Jackson and his times.
- My Blog describing the book I am reading
Includes the Amazon description of the book: American Lion.
- Battle of New Orleans on Wikipedia
More on the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans that made General Andrew Jackson a household name and eventually elevated him to President in 1828, for two full terms.
Andrew Jackson on Amazon
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?
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
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.