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Andrew Jackson was an American military and political leader and the seventh President of the United States. He was born on March 15, 1767, at Waxhaw, South Carolina. His father died a few days before Jackson was born. His mother and one of his two brothers died later of smallpox, while Jackson's other brother died during the American Revolution. By the age of fourteen years, Jackson had no family. He inherited three hundred dollars from his grandfather and used this money to support himself. Jackson eventually became a lawyer and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he established a law practice.
He quickly earned a name for himself. Well respected for his legal knowledge, voters in Tennessee elected Jackson to the United States House of Representatives in 1796. In 1797, he became a United States Senator from Tennessee. In 1798, he left the Senate and became a justice on the Tennessee Superior Court. In his free time, Jackson oversaw his plantation, the Hermitage, just north of Nashville. Jackson soon emerged as one of the wealthiest men in all of Tennessee. He owned some of the finest racehorses and had a reputation for gambling and drinking. He also had a hot temper, which led him into several duels.