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