Jackson is widely reviled as one of the worst presidents for Indian Country but he has one prominent admirer in the White House.
During a visit to Tennessee on Wednesday, President Donald Trump took great pains to compare himself favorably to America's 7th commander-in-chief. He said both were elected on promises to root out corruption and take on wealthy "establishment" interests.
"Andrew Jackson was called many names, accused of many things, and by fighting for change, earned many, many enemies," Trump said on the 250th anniversary of the former president's birthday.
But while Trump acknowledged his predecessor was a "flawed and imperfect man," he did not mention one of the reasons for those enemies. Jackson defied the U.S. Supreme Court and violated existing tribal treaties when he called for the removal of Indian nations from their homelands in the Southeast.
The result of his policy is commonly known as the Trail of Tears. Tens of thousands of citizens from the Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation, the Muscogee Nation and
the Seminole Nation were forced to march to areas west of the Mississippi River. Countless lives were lost along the way.
Andrew Jackson in 1824.
Painting attributed to Thomas Sully. Image: U.S.