Andrew Jackson was also the last honest Democrat, plus he had great hair.
The British army challenged him and got their butts handed to them!
Jackson was a reaction to the to the elites of the time giving the finger to the deplorables of the time. This is not new: this is the fundamental conflict of our history — The Boston-Philly-New York axis birthed the Revolution and then got their asses handed to them by their first contact with the British. And it was the irregular backwoods hunter-snipers and Southerners (with a little help from swamp borne mosquitoes) that bailed them out
Not everything Jackson did was great. His anti-elite recklessness, especially against the Bank of the United States caused a serious recession and gave birth to the only viable third party in our history, The Whigs. That’s gotta be a black mark against him
But then again … this whole experiment was new. We careened wildly back and forth between elitism and populism. There were no set boundaries, so it was a contest of wills. And Jackson was one willful son of a bitch
love it when ‘Old Hickory’ opened up the White House on Inauguration Day to the people (he claimed it was ‘their house’) … & ‘the people promptly bum-rushed the door & took every stick of furniture, all the curtains & rugs!
Bum Lives Matter!
btw, those ‘southern’ backwoods tactics were used in the Battle of Concord & more ‘victories’ by the British in the Battle of Breed’s Hill & they wouldn’t have had much of an army … they controlled the north because their navy controlled the coast, until the French contested them in the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay … which won the War. (but that’s an argument for another day)