7) ANDREW JACKSON
President from 1829-37
Founder of the Democratic Party.
The first Irish-American President.
Saw himself as a man of the people rather than an intellectual elite.
Filled his cabinet with businessmen, most of whom he would later dismiss.
Invited the public to the White House for his inauguration ball. So many tuned up that fights broke out.
Tried on several occasions to abolish the Electoral College.
Jackson and his wife Rachel had no biological children but adopted three boys, two of whom were infant native American infants.
Jackson was the target of the first attempt to assassinate an American president on january 30, 1835 when Richard Lawrence, an unemployed English housepainter, tried and failed to shoot him twice. An enraged Jackson chased after Larence and beat him with his cane. Two years earlier, Robert Randolph, who had been drummed out of the US Navy for embezzlment, managed to punch Jackson in the face.
His portrait appears on the $20 bill, even though Jackson himself distrusted paper money, preferring the reassuring feel of gold and silver coins.
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