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Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)

‘Old Hickory’ (as Jackson was nicknamed) was the first president to be elected from west of the Appalachians. Unlike his predecessors he was not born to great privilege and was the first president to be born in a log cabin. As the founder of the Democratic Party, he was the first president to found a modern political party. He was the first president to expand the role and powers of the presidency, so much so that his opponents bitterly denounced him as ‘King Andrew I’. Jackson was the first (and remains, arguably, the greatest) of a long line of Ulster-Scots presidents. The 7th President’s parents hailed from Boneybefore, near Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

Further Reading: James Marquis, The Life of Andrew Jackson (New York, 1938).

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