Andrew Jackson

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Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, is perhaps more relevant  today than most of the other Presidents of the early nineteenth century. In the wake of  the contested election of 2000 and amid growing complaints of the "dirtiness" of politics,  we might do well to look back to Jackson's dirty and hotly contested race for the  Presidency in 1824, in which he won the popular vote but subsequently lost the  Presidency after the election was thrown into the House of Representatives. When  Jackson was finally elected, he pushed to have the Electoral College abolished and  railed against life tenure for government workers. Throughout his life, Jackson was  criticized for his steadfast opinions and autocratic manner, but he nonetheless proved  himself a savvy and thoughtful politician. It was only after he had fully considered his  options that he made a decision–once that decision had been made, however, he 
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