Andrew Jackson was one of the most significant individuals in American history, and perhaps one of the strongest personalities in all of history. By today's standards, people would probably disapprove of many of Jackson's actions.
He hung deserters, killed people in duals, traded slaves, and was responsible for the Indian Removal Act that led to the "Trail of Tears". However, he also opened new lands for Americans, defeated the Indians who were allies of the British (in the war of 1812), saved New Orleans from British occupation, and became our 7th President. His followers created today's Democratic Party.
Jackson's nickname "Old Hickory" was a tribute to his aggression and his enormous toughness. It would be difficult to find a more courageous frontiersman.
During his time there was an enormous amount of hostility between the Indians and the settlers on the frontier. Terrible atrocities were committed on both sides and the Creek Indians sided with the British during the War of 1812. Jackson and the colonial militia defeated the Creeks at the important battle of Horseshoe Bend.
Jackson and his men also fought numerous Indian battles throughout Georgia, and Florida, in an attempt to claim the territory of Florida. Eventually, Jackson's Indian battles would lead to Florida's entry into the Union.
Jackson's greatest accomplishment was his defeat of the British Army at the Battle of New Orleans. Although the battle was actually fought after a treaty had been signed, the battle guaranteed that New Orleans would remain a possession of the United States. New Orleans is one of the most important ports on American soil.
In politics, Jackson was a strong states rights president who supported the extension of slavery in America.