A quick speed-paint, that's all I have time for latley, of Andrew Jackson. Seventh President of the United States of America. Other wise known as "Old Hickory" "The Lion" and "The People's President" Based off the most famous painting of him, and the one that appears on the 20 dollar bill.
He's my favorite president, aside from some of his view points, I'm of Cherokee decent from Oklahoma, I'm well aware of Jackson's downfalls. But I admire the guy for being probably our most Badass President. (And Definitely the president with the most badass hair-do. )
He was our first president who was of poor and formally uneducated decent. Orphaned by 14, he and his brother were kidnapped by the British, and Jackson and his brother refused to shine the shoes of the general who held him captive, resulting in them getting beaten and hit with a sword. His mother came to their rescue but a few days later his brother died from his injuries and his mother died of sickness.
His stubborn, strong willed, and strong tempered demeanor got him into even more trouble later in life. Being a family man who always needed to be around his family and friends, he took very personally any attack on his family or friends. Jackson fought 13 duels, many nominally over his wife's honor. Charles Dickinson(not the one your thinking XD) and Jackson fought over a horse-racing debt and an insult to his wife, Dickinson shot Jackson in the ribs before Jackson returned the fatal shot; Jackson allowed Dickinson to shoot first, knowing him to be an excellent shot, and as his opponent reloaded, Jackson shot, even as the bullet lodged itself in his chest. The bullet that struck Jackson was so close to his heart that it could never be safely removed. Jackson had been wounded so frequently in duels that it was said he "rattled like a bag of marbles." At times he coughed up blood, and he experienced considerable pain from his wounds for the rest of his life.
Later he would also be the only president to attack his would-be-assassinater. A man, having lost his job and some reason blamed it on Jackson, ran up to him in a crown and pointed a pistol at Jackson, it mis-fired, so he pulled out another pistol and it to mis-fired. Jackson, being almost 70 at the time, proceeded to beat the shit out of the guy with his cane before his assistance restrained him and the man was apprehended. Afterward, due to curiosity concerning the double misfires, the pistols were tested and retested. Each time they performed perfectly. When these results were known, many believed that Jackson had been protected by the same Providence that had protected the young nation. This national pride was a large part of the Jacksonian cultural myth fueling American expansion in the 1830s.
Andrew Jackson is also the reason the Democratic party is represented by a donkey. During his election his opponent calling him "Jackass" and Jackson liked it and used it as a nickname for himself. Later resulting in the Donkey or ass to become the Democratic symbol.
He was a cool dude, and an amazing General. He would fight right along side his men, and he would not leave any of them behind, he treated his soldiers, and the country like his family and he always tried to do everything he could to protect it. Which is a rare quality. I wish we still had people running for president with that kind of fearless tenacity.
That's enough History for now. It's weird anyone looking through my gallery would not expect me to be a 19-year old chick XD