Andrew Jackson was a senator from Tennessee and 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, he 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, Andrew Jackson 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.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Andrew Jackson was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
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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