Jackson, Andrew, 1927, Biographical Sketch
THE FIRST President to be born in a log cabin, achieved the distinction of leaving the Presidential chair the most popular man who ever sat in it. Rendered insane for a time in the early days of his life by the suffering endured in a British prison camp, Jackson is remembered by many for his ungovernable temper and his frequent duels, during one of which he killed his adversary. Yet it is to his indomitable courage that the nation owes the crushing defeat of the British in the war of 1812, and to his own simplicity of spirit, the true democratization of its government. It was during his democratic administration (1829 to 1837) that the President's Mansion became known as "The White House" —a whitewashed house, rather than an Executive's palace. Jackson's greatest service to the country was his vigorous opposition to the state rights' movement.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 8.
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