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Andrew
Jackson was President of the United States from 1829-1837, during the time of
his presidency Andrew Jackson created a legacy that carried long into the
future, and made a lasting impact on American politics.  Jackson’s presidency was not only highly controversial,
but reconstructed what it meant to be President of the United States of America.

            “More than nearly all his
predecessors, Andrew Jackson was elected by popular vote; as president, he
sought to act as the direct representative of the common man” (whitehouse.gov
n.d.), Jackson had a huge following, but he also had a large amount of people
who opposed him. The split between these people formed President Jackson’s
Democratic Party, whose members supported President Jackson, while his opponents
became members of the Whig Party. The Democratic party is one of the two main
partisan groups of America today.

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            “Jackson made it clear that he was the absolute ruler of
his administration’s policy, and he did not defer to Congress or hesitate to
use his presidential veto power” (history.com n.d.). During his tenure, Jackson
vetoed more bills than any of the presidents before him. His opposition, namely
those belonging to the Whig Party, thought this to be an abuse and overstep of
his presidential power, but what President Jackson successfully did was make
executive power on an equal level to that of Congress.
            The most devastating of
President Jackson’s veto’s, was against a bill proposing the recharter of the Second
National Bank in 1832.  President Jackson
did not trust the current banking system, and hoped to make reform for the
better of the regular people so that it would not only be the wealthy who would
benefit. The economy was in danger, as money was being lent out easily, causing
inflation. President Jackson required that any land bought be paid for in gold
or silver, rather than by use of loan. President Jackson also used his power to
take all federal money out of the national bank and into state banks. This
approach was successful for only a short amount of time, and he is the only
president to date that successfully eliminated national debt. However, his
battle against the bank brought only trouble, and it wouldn’t be long before
the nation’s economy suffered deeply. State banks soon practiced the same policies
and behaviors that President Jackson had been weary of from the National Bank,
and while these banking systems were successful for a short time, they would
soon collapse, leading to the Panic of 1837.

            President Jackson’s “Indian Removal
Act” came to be on the uglier side of United States History. In 1830 President
proposed the Indian Removal Act to Congress, this act allocated the government
to “negotiate” with the Natives to leave their land and relocate to territories
to the west of Mississippi. Natives were threatened, intimidated and bribed in order
to agree to be  removed from their land
so white settlers could continue expanding. “In general terms, Jackson’s government succeeded. By the end
of his presidency, he had signed into law almost seventy removal treaties, the
result of which was to move nearly 50,000 eastern Indians to Indian Territory”
(history.state.gov n.d). The Cherokee were forced out of their land, and had no
choice but to set out on foot for Oklahoma. Nearly a third of their population diminished
along the way. In 1835, President Jackson negotiated the Treaty of New Echota
with the Cherokee Indians, who had otherwise been struggling with the idea of
being relocated, and weren’t as readily prepared to negotiate. The Indian
Removal process continued on past President Jackson’s tenure and into President
Van Buren’s term as well. Thousands of Native Americans lost their lives during
this tragic time in history. This is known today as the Trail of Tears, and is
an event that is still incredibly looked down upon, and Native Americans are
still paid reparations for these crimes in modern times.

            Andrew Jackson’s tenure lasted eight
years, and as President he implemented many changes into how executive power
could be applied. The early foundations and constructs of our modern-day
politics definitely have the influence from President Jackson’s actions. He
leaves behind a legacy that is coated in both tragedy and accomplishments.