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Quotes from Andrew Jackson

Jackson's Words


The election of Andrew Jackson in the election of 1828 was seen as the rise of the common man. He had in fact won the popular vote for the election of 1824 against John Quincy Adams, tied in the electoral college, but lost in the House of Representatives. Once Jackson became president, he became one of the first to truly utilize the power of the presidency. He was known for following his own strong opinions and vetooing more bills than all presidents before him. His enemies called him "King Andrew."

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"It will be my sincere and constant desire to observe toward the Indian tribes within our limits a just and liberal policy, and to give that humane and considerate attention to their rights and their wants which is consistent with the habits of our Government and the feelings of our people."

(First Inaugural Speech)

"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."

"Without union our independence and liberty would never have been achieved; without union they never can be maintained."

"One man with courage makes a majority."

"There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses."

"I can say with truth mine is a situation of dignified slavery."

"The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe."

"The moment we engage in confederations, or alliances with any nation we may from that time date the downfall of our republic."

"The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality."

"In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of talents."

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