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First “Self-Made” President

Source: The Library of Congress

Andrew Jackson was born in 1767 in Waxhaw, South Carolina, to Scot-Irish immigrants of humble origins. A Revolutionary War veteran and orphan by age fifteen, Jackson studied law and moved west to begin his practice. With his victory in the 1828 election, Jackson became the first “self-made man” and the first President elected from west of the Appalachians to reach the White House.

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