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"J" is for Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)

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"J" is for Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845). Soldier, U.S. senator, president of the United States. Jackson was born in the Waxhaw settlement of Lancaster District. He was an active partisan fighter during the Revolutionary War. After the war he moved to North Carolina and then to Tennessee. Very quickly, he entered politics representing Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During the War of 1812, he led the successful defense of New Orleans and became a national hero. In 1824, he won the popular vote, but lost the election to John Quincy Adams. Elected president in 1828, Jackson served two terms in office. He denounced South Carolina’s concept of nullification as incompatible with the Union and threatened military action. Andrew Jackson is the only South Carolinian to serve as president of the United States.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.