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Andrew Jackson for the longest time has been under the hot debate of whether he was a great president or the worst president. During his presidency there are many aspects in which Jackson shows actions partaken by him that would rule him the first. But, on the other hand he also has his fair share of actions that can plot him as a horrible man, “he is also remembered for supporting slavery, and for forcing Native Americans from their homes” (Andrew Jackson: Loved/Hated). Taking a look back at his upbringing and experience as a youth, a soldier, governor, congressman, senator, judge, general and president Jackson’s eternal impact can be seen upon America today.Born in March 15, 1767 to Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson and Andrew Jackson, young Andrew lived a rather tragic life. Shortly after Jackson was born his father had died and was to be raised by his now widowed mother. By age 13 Jackson, along with his two older brothers left school in order to join the revolutionary war. During this time Jackson’s older brother Hugh had died from heat stroke. Later with his older brother Robert he was captured by british officers. “At one point Jackson refused to polish and officers boots, resulting in Jackson to be slashed by the officers sword” (Orphan, spark from the start). While Andrew and his brother Robert were still captured they contracted smallpox, their mother had arranged for their freedom, but Robert had succumbed to the illness and died. Later on, at the age of 14 Jackson was now an orphan due to his mother dying of cholera a disease that causes severe dehydration and diarrhea. Even after being left behind, Jackson went on to “finish school and, although he disdained studying, worked as a schoolteacher for a short period” (Guzzi, “Orphan”). After teaching, Jackson went into studying law in North Carolina, moving into Nashville, Tennessee where he made a successful career as a lawyer. This however was not the end for Jackson according to American History by Alan Brinkley in 1796 Jackson was elected as delegate to the Tennessee constitutional, later becoming congressman, became a U.S. senator in 1797 and in 1798 being appointed to the supreme court. In 1824 Jackson had run for president, but had lost to John Quincy Adams. Four years later Jackson had returned and this time and won, making him president. From just his early life Jackson had already made a huge impact on America and the people living it. Jackson was enforcing the american dream which is “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (The Declaration of Independence). Although Jackson was not given the best start in life he pursued a better life and was incredibly successful in doing so. Joining the military at such young age showed his nationalism for the country he lived in , he wanted to fight for the freedom of America. His actions inspired many, showing that no matter the background and or beginning of someone great things could be accomplished. Once the American Revolution was over, tensions were arising in Florida. At this time Britain still had control of Florida, Britain would often encourage the seminole indians to go against any American settlers migrating into Florida. Runaway slaves had also been settling in Florida since their owners would have no authority over them there. The seminole indians were to return any escaped slaves back to their American owners, this was seen as a threat to slavery in America. This started the first seminole war, Andrew Jackson ordered to invade Florida, he was successful in this and was able to have “Spain agreed to sell the territory to the United States. The transfer became official in 1821” (The Causes and Effects of the Seminole Wars). However, tensions did not stop there, new settlers would be going into Seminole territory causing them to run into trouble with the Seminole. To fix this problem the Seminole were asked to move, immediately they refused a treaty was in the works to further resolve the problem. The terms of the new treaty were “the Seminole to give up their land and move south. It also made them agree to discontinue hiding runaway slaves” (The Seminole Wars). The interesting thing about this treaty is that according to The Seminole Wars “The Seminole did not want to leave their Florida home, but agreed to send some chiefs to look at the new land where they would be relocated. While they were viewing the land, the chiefs were persuaded to sign a treaty agreeing to move. When they returned back to Florida, however, they claimed they had been tricked.” This shows that Jackson Indian Removal Act was not harsh as it seemed to be, the seminole Indians claimed to be tricked when they previously agreed they would move. These actions taken by Andrew Jackson left and impact of nationality and his actions were questioned but later were defended by John Quincy Adams.While his time in the military Jackson was a tough man on his own. A great example of this is when Madison had order Jackson to lead 1,500 troops to defend New Orleans. However the U.S. Department ordered for dismissal of Jackson’s men with no promise of compensation for the troops and food once they return to Tennessee. Jackson became angry and decided on his own that he would return his men his on way, even if it meant going through hostile Indian lands. He was successful and made it back to Tennessee with his army, it is here where he got his famous nickname “Old Hickory” which is a comparison of Jackson’s bravery and strength to a hickory tree.