Andrew Jackson Facts – 40 Interesting Facts About Andrew Jackson
Interesting facts about Andrew Jackson
His niece Emily Donelson even became Jackson’s hostess in the white house
It also led to the emergence of two parties- His supporters became the Democrats while his opponents led by Clay and Daniel Webster became the Whig party
Jackson was headstrong and never shied from using his veto power to enforce his administration policy in the Congress
The Whig party contended that they are saving the popular liberties against an autocratic Jackson who was represented as King Andrew I in popular cartoons.
Soon the relations between the two parties turned ugly and culminated with the Bank of the United States affair and Crisis in South Carolina
Jackson wanted to let the charter of the Bank to expire in 1832 charging it as representing the wealthy and against the poor
Jackson vetoed the re-charter and accused it to serve the interests of a few at the expense of many
The veto did not have any effect on the re-election prospects of Jackson and he was voted to power with than 56 percent of the popular vote and five times more electoral votes.
His first real test came in 1832 when South Carolina led by redoubtable Senator John C. Calhoun passed a resolution declaring federal tariffs passed in 1828 and 1832 null and void. Violence seemed eminent with Jackson ordering the federal armed forces to South Carolina to enforce federal laws.
However bloodshed was avoided with South Carolina backing down from its position and Jackson got all the accolades for preserving the Union.