Andrew Jackson, Removed but not Forgotten
As you have probably heard, Andrew Jackson’s image on the twenty-dollar bill will be replaced with Harriet Tubman as of 2030. Originally there was talk of replace Alexander Hamilton’s portrait from the ten-dollar bill, but due to the popularity of the musical, Hamilton, he’s staying. Andrew Jackson was a new kind of president for his time and his presidency change the way American politics would work from then on.
Early Life and Military Achievements
Jackson was born to a simple family in Tennessee. From there he went on to fight in many conflicts such as the Creek War, Seminole Wars, and the War of 1812. The Creek and Seminole Wars led Jackson to have a negative view of Native Americans, of which would play a role during his presidency. However during the War of 1812 is when Jackson became a widely-known, public figure. The War of 1812 ended with the Treaty of Ghent (signed in Belgium), however before that information reached the troops in America, the troops began another battle in New Orleans. Leading the American side was the one and only, Andrew Jackson, whose troops crushed the British there.
The Election of 1824
Later in life, Jackson decided to get into politics. He placed a bid in for the 1824 presidential election, later to be known as the “Corrupt Bargain.” At this time in history, we only had one political party, the Democratic-Republicans, however four people ran for the nomination of this one party. The four people who ran were Andrew Jackson, John Quincey Adams (son of John Adams), Henry Clay, and William Crawford. Jackson won the popular vote however, he ended up losing the electoral college to JQA. Henry Clay supposedly gave JQA his electoral votes in exchange for the Secretary of State position in his cabinet. Jackson was furious and decided to run again in 1828, under his newly created Democratic Party, easily beating JQA for the presidency.
As president, Jackson very popular among the people. In fact, he once threw a party, open to the general public, centered around a 1400 pound cheese block. Anyone who wanted to come to the White House could cut of some cheese from the block and take it home. This makes Jackson seem like a very nice man, and he was, as long as you weren’t of Native America descent. The Supreme Court ruled that the American government could not force the relocation of the Cherokee Tribe, however Jackson refused to execute this ruling, and the Trail of Tears occurred. Many Native Americans refuse to use the twenty-dollar bill because of this reason.
However, as of 2030, Jackson will no longer be on the twenty-dollar bill, as stated above. Jackson was quite the controversial president at the time, however he has shared the political system into the modern system we are currently familiar with. Jackson used his executive position to push around Congress and anyone who stood in his way. Though some actions were questionable, he was one of the strongest, influential president’s we have had.