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Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. He is known for founding the Democratic Party and for his support of individual liberty.
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When Jackson arrived in Nashville in 1788, he met Rachel Donelson Robards, who, at the time, was unhappily married to but separated from Captain Lewis Robards. Rachel and Jackson married before her divorce was officially complete—a fact that was later brought to light during Jackson's first presidential campaign, garnering accusations of bigamy by the press. Jackson's willingness to engage his and his wife's many attackers earned him a reputation as a quarrelsome man. During one incident,
Jackson even challenged one accuser, Charles Dickinson, to a duel, and won.
The Jacksons had three adopted sons: Theodore, an Indian orphan; Andrew Jackson Jr., the son of Rachel's brother Severn Donelson; and Lyncoya, a Creek Indian orphan.
On December 22, 1828, two months before Jackson's presidential inauguration, Rachel died of a heart attack. She was buried two days later, on Christmas Eve.
After completing his second term in the White House, Jackson returned to the Hermitage, where he died of lead poisoning caused by two bullets that had remained in his chest for several years on June 8, 1845, at the age of 78.
Jackson continues to be widely regarded as one of the most influential U.S. presidents in history, as well as one of the most aggressive and controversial. His ardent support of individual liberty effected political and governmental change, including many prominent and lasting national policies.
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