From: Kristy Ortenzi
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Kristy Ortenzi Week 14 Primary Source Assignment
Andrew Jackson had an extraordinary life and career. He never had a day of school in his life and still managed to be extremely sucessful. He started off as an apprentice to a tailor. Jackson lives a very modest life which enabled him to be down to earth. He went from living a humble life, working as an apprentice, to being president of the United States. His father drowned to death while attempting to save someoneís life. Jackson was just a young boy at the time of the accident and this is when he took the apprentice job because school was just not a possibility for him due to the circumstances. It was a possibility that young Andrew Jackson would grow up not being able to read or write. However, due to his own determination to lead an intellectual life he taught himself by reading the tailorís books that had published speeches. After he left his apprenticeship he went to Laurens Court House in South Carolina for two years doing his trade. Then he went to Tenn to live with his mother and met the woman who was soon to be his wife. His wife became his greatest teacher, helping him with his reading, writing and arithmetic. After a few political jobs in 1830 he became Mayor and held that office for three years. Fours years following his position as Mayor he secured a position as a Democrat candidate for the lower branch of Legislation. And he was elected winning most of his support mainly through his speeches. In 1841, he was elected to the State Senate followed by being elected to Congress and was continuously was re-elected for ten years. Then he was re-elected Governor. Then a much higher position came his way when he was elected to the US Senate by the Legislature of 1557. When Lincoln was nominated for President, Andrew Jackson was his Vice President. On April 14, 1865 Lincoln was assassinated making Andrew Jackson President of the Unites States.