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President Andrew Jackson owned a parrot named Poll. When Jackson died Poll was present at his funeral, but had to be removed due to "Swearing and yelling profanities" that he learned from Jackson himself

In 1835, President Andrew Jackson successfully paid off the debt of the United States. The only time in history this has ever been accomplished.

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  1. Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel for insulting his wife. Jackson let the opponent shoot first, who hit Jackson in the chest. Then Jackson took his sweet time to aim. People called it too cold-blooded &, as a result, Jackson became a social outcast.

  2. The very first attempted assassination of a United States president was stopped when then President, Andrew Jackson, beat his assailant brutally with a his cane before being stopped by a nearby congressmen.

  3. Davy Crockett was not only an American pioneer, but a politician and a soldier: as a member of U.S. Congress he vehemently opposed Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act (which led to the Trail of Tears) and eventually died in the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

  4. President Andrew Jackson taught his parrot to curse, and it had to be removed from the President’s funeral because it wouldn’t stop swearing

  5. Andrew Jackson's political opponents referred to him as jackass. He adopted the name and used it as his campaign symbol. It would eventually become the symbol of the entire Democratic Party

  6. An attempted assassin armed with two pistols had them both misfire and the very not assassinated President Andrew Jackson beat him with a cane

  7. Richard Lawrence, who in 1835 attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson at a funeral using two pistols shot point blank. When both misfired, the President severely beat him with his cane, after which he was wrestled into submission by Davy Crockett.

  8. Junaluska, a Cherokee leader who saved Andrew Jackson's life. Jackson later sent the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears from NC to OK, which killed up to 1/3 of them en route. Junaluska survived, escaped twice, walked hundreds of mountainous miles home, and lived well into old age as a Chief.

  9. There is strong belief that James Buchanan may have been the first gay President of the United States. Never married, Buchanan had a close relationship with another man for many years which he referred to as a "communion". Andrew Jackson once called the pair "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy".

  10. President Andrew Jackson told Vice President John Calhoun "If you secede from my nation I will secede your head from the rest of your body" when South Carolina tried to nullify federal law in 1832.

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Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was thrown out of Jackson's funeral for cursing too much

After a tornado in 1998, 1000+ trees were toppled at The Hermitage, a plantation built by President Andrew Jackson. Using wood from the fallen trees, the Gibson Guitar Corporation produced 200 limited edition "Old Hickory" guitars. - source

In 1832 the US Supreme court ruled in favor of the Cherokee Indians wanting to remain on their native land. President Andrew Jackson ignored the order and tens of thousands of Cherokee were forcibly removed from their homes and marched to Oklahoma. Thousands died on the mach, the Trail of Tears. - source

President Andrew Jackson once had a block of cheddar cheese delivered to the white house that was four feet in diameter and two feet thick, weighed nearly 1400 pounds. He invited 10,000 visitors to the White House to eat it and it was gone within two hours.

Davy Crockett, as a Congressman in the the U.S. House of Representatives, opposed President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act and was the only member of the Tennessee delegation to vote against it. Six years later he died defending the Alamo. - source

Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, was deeply opposed to the idea of a federal bank. He vetoed the "Second Bank" and was quoted saying "I will kill it". Now his face is one of the most circulated denomination of the US currency printed by the Federal Bank; the $20 bill. - source

Davy Crockett left Congress and the U.S. after vehemently opposing Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act.

15th president James Buchanan, the only bachelor president, is suspected to have been a homosexual. He had a very close male friend whom he lived with for a decade, fellow politician Rufus King. President Andrew Jackson nicknamed the two Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy. - source

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President Andrew Jackson was involved in as many as 100 duels. He was shot in the chest in 1806 and took a bullet in the arm in a bar fight with Missouri Sen. Thomas Hart Benton in 1813. Most were to defend his wife's honor.

Andrew Jackson carried a locket with a picture of his deceased wife, Rachel Jackson, and propped it up in front of his bed every night so that she would be the last thing he saw when falling asleep and the first thing when he woke up.

President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot started yelling obscenities during the former president's own funeral and had to be removed.

Andrew jackson's opponents called him a jackass, so he adopted the name and used it as his own campaign symbol. It eventually became the symbol for the entire democratic party.

Andrew Jackson was the first sitting president to almost be assassinated. After the first pistol failed to be discharged a second pistol was pulled, that one too misfired. The likelihood of both pistols misfiring was 120,000 to 1.

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