Andrew Jackson – “Old Hickory”

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On JUNE 8, 1845, “Old Hickory” died.

During the Revolutionary War, young Andrew Jackson refused to polish the boots of a British officer and was slashed on the hand and arm with a sword, then jailed.

His mother died of prison fever while caring for captured American soldiers.

During the War of 1812, he fought the Red Stick Creek Indians who massacred 500 at Ft. Mims, Alabama.

He won the Battle of New Orleans against the British in 1815.

He invaded Spanish Florida, defeated Seminole Indians and Territorial Governor of Florida.

He is credited with proposing the name “Tennessee” at that State’s first convention.

His name was Andrew Jackson.

Jackson carried bullet fragments in his body from duels, most notably from defending his wife’s honor.

He survived assassination attempts.

His wife Rachel died just three months before he took office as the 7th U.S. President.

Andrew Jackson stated in his 2nd Inaugural:

“It is my fervent prayer to that Almighty Being before whom I now stand, and who has kept us in His hands from the infancy of our Republic to the present day…that He will…inspire the hearts of my fellow-citizens that we may be preserved from danger.”

On March 25, 1835, Andrew Jackson wrote in a letter:

“I was brought up a rigid Presbyterian, to which I have always adhered. Our excellent Constitution guarantees to every one freedom of religion, and charity tells us (and you know Charity is the real basis of all true religion)…judge the tree by its fruit.

All who profess Christianity believe in a Saviour, and that by and through Him we must be saved.”

Andrew Jackson concluded:

“We ought, therefore, to consider all good Christians whose walks correspond with their professions, be they Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Baptist, Methodist or Roman Catholic.”

On December 30, 1836, Andrew Jackson wrote to his nephew, Colonel Andrew Jackson Donelson, upon the death of his wife, Emily, who had served as the unofficial First Lady of the United States:

“We cannot recall her, we are commanded by our dear Saviour, not to mourn for the dead, but for the living…

She has changed a world of woe for a world of eternal happiness, and we ought to prepare as we too must follow…’The Lord’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'”

Considered the founder of the modern Democrat Party, Jackson was criticized for his role in the Indian Removal Act, but praised for ending the corrupt Bank of the United States and paying off the national debt, the only time in U.S. history that was done.

Of the Bible, Andrew Jackson stated:

“That book, Sir, is the Rock upon which our republic rests.”


Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.


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