Together, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson shaped the
American presidency into the role it plays today.
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia (Kane 1).
Early in his life, Washington showed an interest in the mi
Because he needed cash, Napoleon sold to America all of Louisiana only $15
million- worth about $260 million today (Ellis).
This famous treaty allowed Jefferson to double the size of the United States for a
very cheap price.
Jefferson faced even more chal
After the election, Jefferson served as secretary of state for President Washington.
Finally, Jefferson became president himself after winning the election of 1800.
Jeffersons ascendance to power is especially revolutionary because of the
The main causes of economic crises were over-speculation and overbuilding of
The Greenback was also loosing value so in 1873, Grant sided with hard-money
bankers and supported money backed by gold.
In 1872, the Amnesty Act was passed, which par
Washington, he set precedents, such as giving a Farewell Address and only serving
for two terms.
Jefferson proved that a two-party system could work because he didnt make
revolutionary changed in the government after his party won.
Andrew Jackson expanded
David McCullough, in History and Knowing Who We Are, writes None of the writers
and signers of the Declaration of Independencewere super humanSome ardently
Yet, the founding fathers in 1776 did find common ground and laid the foundation
In the Credit Mobilier scandal, the Union Pacific Railroad charged exorbitant
prices for railroad construction through the corporation Credit Mobilier.
Stock of Credit Mobilier was distributed to Congress so it would not shut down
He crushed the Bank of the United States, calling its president, Nicholas Biddle,
Not only did Jackson help the cause of democracy by bringing more common
voters out, but he also made some important changes to the government.
This destruction of
Despite the fact that a peace agreement had been reached before Jacksons victory,
many people thought that Jackson was the reason that the British agreed to peace.
Because of Jacksons popularity with the common man, he won the popular vote
during the elec
In 1791, farmers who thought the tax on whiskey was unfair rebelled in what is known as
the Whiskey Rebellion.
Washington, knowing that the new government had to show strength, immediately sent
the army to break the insurrection.
This showed the world tha