Andrew Jackson and His Presidential Ways

  When Jackson was first elected had to deal with a big problem, South Carolina wanted to leave the union. They didn’t like the high tarrifs that were passed in the late 1820s. So south Carolina proposed The Doctrine of Nullification. This means that congress can’t pass a law that favors one section of the country over another and if it does, the states can declare it null and void. Even after the tarrif was lowered they still weren’t satisfied so they threatened to leave the United States or “Secede” from it. To settle this Jackson decided to lower the tarrif over ten years. Also Jackson entered the office with “a vague idea of reform” he set the spoils system for future presidents. In the spoils system Jackson gave positions in government to the people who had supported him. Jackson was very personal about who he put on his cabinet. His first move as a president was to fire many government officials. 

     When he was voted into office for his second term he went into there with a purpose, to “kill” the second national bank. The first national bank was started by Alexander Hamilton and ended in 1811. After the war of 1812 the Second National Bank was born. The problem was the bank wasn’t really “National” it was more like a private corporation that the government sponsored. It had interest rates that made it hard for the “common man” to borrow money. So Jackson’s whole reelection was based on “killing” the Second National Bank. To do this he took all the government funds out of the second national bank and reinvested them in state banks also known as pet banks.  

By Pat O'Connor and Brendan Shay  

"...I cannot believe that killing twenty-five hundred Englishmen at New Orelans qualifies for the various, difficult, and complicated duties of the Chief Magistracy."

—Henry Clay