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Jackson's "approachability," though, caused occasional problems. Once, while aboard a  naval ship in Alexandria, an angry seaman punched the President in the face. Two years  later, in 1835, Jackson faced the first known assassination attempt on a U.S. president.  While Jackson was in the Capitol attending a funeral, a man named Richard Lawrence  fired two pistols point-blank at the President–only to have both guns misfire. Jackson  raised his cane and charged Lawrence, but an army officer wrestled the man to the floor  before Jackson could attack. The charging of his would-be assassin is representative of how Jackson handled much  of his Presidency: strong-armed and unafraid. When Jackson decided on something, he  would relentlessly wear down his opponents. In addition to staring down the Bank  supporters and the nullifiers, Jackson slowly won an argument which the French 
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