March 15, 2017 would have been President Andrew Jackson's 250th Birthday. There's a huge celebration all day at The Hermitage including horse racing, a performance from the National Guard, Birthday cake and a wreath laying.
In addition to being our 7th President, did you know...
1) Jackson’s parents emigrated from Ireland, making him the first Irish American President.
2) Both North Carolina and South Carolina claim to be his birthplace.
3) He was the target of the first attempted presidential assassination.
4) Unbeknownst to Jackson, he married his wife before she had been legally divorced from her first husband.
5) He was the only president to have been a former prisoner of war.
6) Andrew and Rachel didn't have biological children, but they adopted two boys. Andrew Jackson Jr was adopted as an infant, he was Rachel's nephew and they also adopted a Native American boy who was orphaned on the battlefield.
7) He was a notorious gambler.
8) President Andrew Jackson was the only President in US history to serve when the country was debt free. In January of 1835, President Andrew Jackson announced, "Gentlemen ... the national debt ... is PAID."
9) Old Hickory wasn't his only nickname. He was also known as King Mob and The Hero of New Orleans