Jackson heir to Washington and Jeffeson

Jackson heir to Washington and Jeffeson - Andrew Jackson...

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Andrew Jackson liked to refer to himself as the heir of Washington and Jefferson. In many respects, he was. They had virtually the same image of what federal government should be versus state government and believed the power should be reserved to the people. Their positions regarding relations with foreign nations were also very similar. Jackson and Washington both shared a very similar approach to the presidency, believing that the office should seek the man. In his inauguration speech, Washington stated that he would rather tend his gardens than take office but would humbly accept the judgment of the people. Jackson would follow Washington’s footsteps, initially refusing to actively seek office as the President until it was made clear to him that he was wanted by the majority. Jackson proved himself even more sympathetic to Washington’s views as they shared a cautionary attitude in respect to political parties. In his farewell address, Washington warned against “…designing men [who] may endeavor to excite a belief that there is a real difference of local interests and views.” (139) He recognized that man’s inclination to form separate parties was implicit in his nature, but foresaw that the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Moye during the Spring '08 term at Hillsdale.

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