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Andrew Jackson

by Sydney Pierce '13

Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, would almost certainly be the last man standing in a presidential battle royale. Jackson was a celebrated army general, nicknamed “Old Hickory” because of his aggressive, and often violent, battle-hardened character.

An imposing figure, standing over six feet tall, Jackson fought and won several duels in his lifetime. When an attempt was made on Jackson’s life in 1835, the unarmed president attacked his would-be assassin with the only weapon he did have—his cane.

Not only was Jackson a skilled, resourceful warrior, but also perhaps most importantly, he was heartless. A wealthy, unapologetic slave-owner, Jackson was also responsible for the forced relocation and subsequent annihilation of many Native American tribes.

His total disregard for humanity makes Andrew Jackson the ultimate presidential survivor.

  • Sydney Pierce