Tuesday, April 15, 2008
America's 7th President of the United States was a war veteran, Andrew Jackson. Jackson achieved fame during the War of 1812 when he defeated the British during the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson was born in the Carolinas, read the law in Tennessee, served in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate from the same state, and is credited with shaping the Democratic Party. His nickname "Old Hickory" bespeaks his reputation as a tough, unyielding leader. According to his biography on the White House website, "Jackson recommended eliminating the Electoral College" and "democratizing Federal office holding."
This statue of Jackson astride his steed is located in the center of Lafayette Square with a direct view of the White House. Sculpted by Clark Mills, the artist created three equestrian statues of Jackson: this one in Washington; one in New Orleans, Louisiana; and one in Jackson's adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee. To see Jackson's bust in the National Portrait Gallery, click here.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08