Andrew Jackson

Post Presidency

Which fellow Tennessean did Jackson help elevate to the presidency in his last years?

Jackson supported fellow Tennessean James K. Polk for presidency during the election of 1844. Polk ran as the Democratic Party candidate but only emerged after the eighth ballot at the party’s convention. Martin Van Buren held the early lead in the first few ballots but couldn’t achieve enough votes, partly because he did not favor the annexation of Texas—an issue upon which Jackson and Polk agreed.


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