Andrew Jackson on Indian Removal


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When he delivered his second annual message to Congress, Andrew Jackson was sixty-three years old and in the middle of the second year of his first term as the seventh president of the United States. (He served two terms, from 1829 to 1837.) Jackson was born in the Waxhaw settlement, along the border of North and South Carolina, on March 15, 1767. He received little formal education and left home at the age of thirteen to join the Continental army during the American Revolution. He served as a courier and was held briefly as a prisoner of war by the British. After the war, he tried teaching school for a short time. He then read law for two years in Salisbury, North Carolina, and in 1787 he was admitted to the North Carolina bar. He moved to Jonesboro to begin a law practice, and in 1788 he was appointed solicitor for the western district of North Carolina, which would later be part of Tennessee; in 1796 Tennessee joined the Union as the sixteenth state....

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Andrew Jackson on Indian removal (National Archives and Records Administration)

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