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Andrew Jackson served as the 7th President of the United States from 1829-1837.
Born in Waxhaw, South Carolina on March 15, 1767, Jackson was the son of poor Irish immigrants. His father died just a few weeks before he was born. His mother died when he was 14.
Andrew Jackson joined the Army as a messenger during the Revolutionary War when he was just 13. He later fought in the War of 1812.
Jackson moved to Tennessee after the American Revolution. He worked as a lawyer and became involved in state politics, first as a state representative and later as a Senator.
Jackson married Rachel Donelson, the divorced mother of eleven children, in 1791. It was later discovered that her divorce had not been properly finalized. The error was corrected and the two remarried, but the scandal marred Jackson's political career.
Rachel died a few weeks before Jackson became president in 1829. He blamed her death on personal attacks from his political opponents.
Andrew Jackson was the first president to ride a train and the first to live in a log cabin. Because of his humble upbringing, he is considered the first common man to be elected president.
Sadly, one of the notable results of Jackson's presidency was his signing of the Indian Removal Act in May of 1830. This law forced thousands of Native Americans to move from their homes to unsettled land west of the Mississippi.
It was also during Jackson's presidency that the Cherokee Indians were forcibly removed from their land in what became known as the Trail of Tears. This resulted in the deaths of 4,000 Native Americans.
In the image above, Jackson is pictured with Daniel Webster and political rival, Henry Clay. It is reported that Jackson once said that one of his two regrets in life was being unable to shoot Henry Clay.
Jackson is pictured on the twenty dollar bill.01of 08
Andrew Jackson Vocabulary WorksheetBeverly Hernandez
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Use this Andrew Jackson vocabulary sheet to introduce your students to the 7th President of the United States. Students should use the Internet or library resources to look up each term associated with Jackson. Then, they will write the term on the blank line next to its correct definition.02of 08
Andrew Jackson Vocabulary Study SheetBeverly Hernandez
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You can use this vocabulary study sheet as an alternative to having your students research President Jackson online. Instead, allow your students to study this sheet before completing the vocabulary worksheet. After some study time, see how much of the vocabulary sheet they can complete from memory.
Andrew Jackson WordsearchBeverly Hernandez
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Students will have fun reviewing facts about Andrew Jackson using this word search puzzle. Each term can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle. Encourage students to see if they can remember how each term relates the President Jackson as they locate it in the puzzle.04of 08
Andrew Jackson Crossword PuzzleBeverly Hernandez
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A crossword puzzle makes a fun, low-key review tool. Each clue describes a term related to the 7th President of the United States. See if your students can correctly fill in the puzzle without referring to their completed vocabulary sheet.05of 08
Andrew Jackson Challenge WorksheetBeverly Hernandez
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How much do your students remember about Andrew Jackson? Use this challenge worksheet as a simple quiz to find out! Each description is followed by four possible answers.06of 08
Andrew Jackson Alphabet ActivityBeverly Hernandez
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Young students can review facts about President Jackson while brushing up on their alphabetizing skills. Students should write each term from the word bank in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided.07of 08
Andrew Jackson Coloring PageBeverly Hernandez
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Use this coloring page as a quiet activity for your student to complete as you read aloud from a biography about Andrew Jackson.08of 08
First Lady Rachel Jackson Coloring PageBeverly Hernandez
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Use this coloring page to learn more about Andrew Jackson's wife Rachel, who was born in Virginia. After Rachel's death, the couple's niece, Emily, served as hostess for most of Jackson's presidency, followed by Sarah Yorke Jackson.
Updated by Kris Bales