Andrew Jackson was born to poor Irish immigrants on March 15, 1767, near Camden, South Carolina. His parents, Andrew and Elizabeth, and two older brothers, Hugh and Robert, had emigrated from northern Ireland in
1765. Jackson was named after his father who had died shortly before he was born and he spent his early life in the Waxhaw settlement located near the North and South Carolina border. His mother had hopes of him becoming a
Presbyterian minister, but young
Jackson?s pranks, cursing, and fighting quickly erased those hopes.
From 1778 to 1781, the American Revolutionary War had a devastating impact on Jackson?s life. When he
was thirteen, Jackson and his brothers joined the patriotic cause to fight the British. His oldest brother Hugh died of heat stroke following the Battle of Stono Ferry in 1779. In 1781, Jackson and his brother Robert were captured and both contracted smallpox in prison. Jackson?s mother arranged for their release in a prisoner exchange. Although Jackson eventually recovered, his brother died of smallpox. Jackson and his mother traveled to Charleston to aid in the war effort and she contracted
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