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Andrew Jackson art Tina Mion painting

Andrew Jackson, The Seven of Hearts
7th President of the United States, 1829—1837

A master at exercising executive authority to implement his policies and thwart opposition, Jackson is considered the founder of the modern presidency. He was a tall narrow man and played the banjo. In 1806 after Charles Dickenson made a less that gentlemanly remark about Jackson’s wife, Jackson challenged him to a dual. Jackson was shot first, but killed Dickenson. Some sources estimate the Jackson participated in as many as 100 brawls and duals. During his administration an ardent fan sent him a 1,235 pound cheese. It is not known how many crackers were on hand at the White House that day.

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