As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" and to preserve the Union. He led troops during the Creek War of 1813–1814, winning a major victory at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
Born in the Waxhaws, Jackson became a lawyer in the Western District of North Carolina (now part of Tennessee) and married Rachel Donelson Robards. The subsequent Treaty of Fort Jackson required the Creek surrender of vast lands in present-day Alabama and Georgia. forces in the First Seminole War, which caused the annexation of Florida from Spain. Jackson ran for president in 1824, winning a plurality of the popular and electoral vote.
Jackson, his mother, and his brothers lived with Jackson's aunt and uncle in the Waxhaws region, and Jackson received schooling from two nearby priests.
Jackson's exact birthplace is unclear because he was born about the time his mother was making a difficult trip home from burying Jackson's father.
After a lengthy struggle, Jackson and his allies thoroughly dismantled the Bank.