Andrew Jackson’s Childhood
Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw settlement, a community of Scotch-Irish immigrants along the border between North and South Carolina. Though his birthplace is in dispute, he always considered himself a South Carolina native. His father died before his birth and Andrew's mother and her three small boys moved in with her Crawford relatives. Jackson attended local schools, receiving an elementary education and perhaps a smattering of higher learning. The Revolutionary War ended Jackson's childhood and wiped out his remaining immediate family. But as an orphan and a hardened veteran at the age of fifteen, Jackson drifted, taught school a little, and then read law in North Carolina. After admission to the bar in 1787, he accepted an offer to serve as public prosecutor in the new Mero District of North Carolina, west of the mountains, with its seat at Nashville on the Cumberland River. Arriving in 1788, Jackson thrived in the new frontier town. He built a legal practice, entered into trading ventures, and began to acquire land and slaves. He died on June 8, 1845 from chronic tuberculosis, dropsy, and heart failure.

-Monica Hernandez

Andrew Jackson's acre and slave owning!!!

Andrew Jackson prospered as a slave owner, planter, and merchant. In 1803 he owned a lot, and built a home and the first general store in Gallatin. In 1804, he acquired the Hermitahge, a 640 acre plantation in Davidson County, near Nashville. Jackson later added more acres to the farm. The plantation eventually grew to 1,050 acres. The slaves that Jackson owned did the most, and hardest work on the plantation. The primary crop was cotton. Jackson started with nine slaves, by 1820 he held as many as 44. Throughout Jackson's life time he owned as many as 300 slaves.

-Sadie Evans