In December 1784, Jackson took what little money he had and traveled seventy- five miles north to Salisbury, North Carolina, and began an internship with lawyer Spruce McCay. He moved into the town tavern, the Rowan House, and helped McCay run the office during the day. During the nights and weekends, Jackson partied up a storm unlike anything Salisbury had ever seen before. One resident wrote, "Andrew Jackson was the most roaring, rollicking, game-cocking, horse- racing, card-playing, mischievous fellow that ever lived in Salisbury." For a while, he attended a dance school and was appointed organizer of the Christmas Ball. As a prank, he invited the town's two most colorful prostitutes, who actually accepted the invitation, much to his chagrin. After a few awkward moments, the women had to be escorted from the party. Jackson's practical jokes, easy-going manner and charisma made him a popular figure
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