Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 and was the founder of the Democratic Party. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson served in Congress and gained fame as a general in the United States Army. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" against a "corrupt aristocracy" and to preserve the Union.

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Peace above all things is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

The brave man inattentive to his duty is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.

Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.

Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.

In England, the judges should have independence to protect the people against the crown. Here, the judges should not be independent of the people, but be appointed for not more than seven years. The people would always re-elect the good judges.

Disunion by force is treason.

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.

Fear not the people may be deluded for a moment but cannot be corrupted.

The planter the farmer the mechanic and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.

I feel in the depths of my soul that it is the highest most sacred and most irreversible part of my obligation to preserve the union of these states although it may cost me my life.

Money is power and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.

Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people and I cannot fear the result.

Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support.

To the victors belong the spoils.

There is nothing that I shudder at more than the idea of a separation of the Union. Should such an event ever happen which I fervently pray God to avert from that date I view our liberty gone.

Unless you become more watchful in your states and check the spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that... the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations.

War is a blessing compared with national degradation.

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.

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