ANDREW JACKSON
7th U.S. President 1829-1837
LIFETIME: 1767-1845, of Scotch-Irish ancestry
Andrew Jackson  exhibit

EARLY RESIDENCE:
"Hermitage" farm, Nashville TN - the log cabin still exists but was later reduced in size for use as slave quarters. The original cabin had two stories covered with clapboard siding.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson, published by the Hermitage Ladies Association, Hermitage TN. Photographs by Leonard G. Phillips. Drawings by Ken Spradley.

PRIMARY HOME:
"Hermitage" plantation, Nashville TN - brick manor house that evolved in style from Federal to Palladian to Greek Revival. The 625 acre farm was expanded to a 1,000 acre plantation.
PHOTO CREDITS: The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson, published by the Hermitage Ladies Association, Hermitage TN. Photographs by Leonard G. Phillips. Drawings by Ken Spradley.

ARCHITECTURAL MODEL of Andrew Jackson's "Hermitage"
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

In which state was Andrew Jackson born? Controversy continues over whether his birthplace was on the west or east side of a road that once bordered North and South Carolina. Yet it was on the Tennessee frontier where Jackson became a self-made man, working as a lawyer, judge, and planter. During the War of 1812, he became a national military hero after defeating the British at New Orleans.

Jackson struggled to make his plantation a success. He and his wife Rachel lived in log cabins for 15 years before building a brick, two-story Federal home. This was eventually ornamented with a Palladian colonnade and pediment, but the mansion was ravaged by fire in 1834. Jackson 's final renovation featured an imposing Greek façade with flat rooflines and massive two-story columns topped with Corinthian capitals.

When Andrew Jackson retired he was a champion to the millions of "common men" like himself. He had broadened the American public's idea for presidential qualifications, previously limited to wealthier men from the eastern states.

 

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