ANDREW JACKSON PRESIDENCY 4
Andrew Jackson was the seventh US president whoserved from 1829 to 1837 (Berkin et al. 2011). Personally, I wouldhave voted for him because of his great personality, influence,patriotism and champion for the rights of common Americans. As afundamental moralist, President Andrew’s actions were focused onending corruption in public offices through enactment of federal lawson embezzlement. He believed in executive supremacy as he gave manypresidential directives on national matters, especially the threat touse military action to bar the imminent secession of South Carolina(Berkin et al, 2011). He created and increased the federal pensions,especially the service pensions for war veterans.
President Jackson strengthened the DemocraticParty through his shrewd and authoritative nature. In his campaignshe advocated for the rule of law and democracy through involvement ofthe common people in political affairs and advocating for therotation in office to ensure every person’s right to holdpresidential office (Berkin et al, 2011). He is the first presidentto invite commoners in the White House during his inauguration party.Jackson was a true patriot who advocated for good morals and hardwork rather than corrupt easy money.
However, his presidency was mired with a fewcontroversial issues despite having many positive attributes. Theforced removal of Native Indians from their land through the IndianRemoval Act was inhuman and unnecessary (Berkin et al, 2011). Jacksondid this to expand the American territory to the west and south. Hispreference for hard money (silver and gold) led to the destruction ofthe second American Bank, which advocated for modernization of theeconomy and stimulated the banking and manufacturing sectors. Thesetwo controversies led to the birth of the Whig party which saw suchactions as tyrannical.
Led by the first opposition leaders WilliamHenry Harrison and Henry clay of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively, theWhig Party supported congress supremacy rather than the executivesupremacy popularized by Jackson (Berkin et al, 2011). They alsorejected the “spoils system” of awarding plum governments’ jobsto political loyalist. They also favored modernization of the economyand banking to encourage manufacturing ad industrialization. Theyearned support from entrepreneurs, planters, importers andProtestants. At the time, I would have supported the Whig partyagenda since it was more realistic based on the changing world ofeconomy and politics.
Berkin, C., Miller, C., Cherny, R., &Gormly, J. (2011). Making America: AHistory of the United States (Vol. 1).Scarborough:Nelson Education