Andrew Jackson was from Tennessee and was nicknamed “Old Hickory” for his toughness and aggressive personality, which included the fighting of duels. A military general, he defeated the Creek Indians in 1814 and the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. As president, Andrew Jackson forced the relocation of Native American tribes from the Southeast to what is now Oklahoma. Jackson was a wealthy slaveholder who helped establish the modern Democratic Party. As president, he favored a small and limited federal government. Jackson expanded the spoils system to strengthen his political base and increase his power. He believed the president’s job was to be a voice for all people, while Congress members were to look after their districts.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive and the judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law, appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The Andrew Jackson biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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