Andrew Jackson did not attend college. At the age of 13, he enlisted in the Continental Army, and in 1784, he decided to become a lawyer. After reading law for 3 years, he was admitted into the North Carolina bar in 1787.
Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 on the border of North and South Carolina. After becoming a lawyer, he took a position as prosecuting attorney in Tennessee. He became a politician in the ensuing years. He also was a major general in charge of American forces during the War of 1812.
He ran for the office of President in 1824. However, because the different candidates in this election did not receive the majority of the electoral votes, the House of Representatives had to decide who would be the next president. The candidates were Andrew Jackson, Quincy Adams and William Crawford. Quincy Adams was selected. Jackson later won the Presidency in 1828 and served from 1829 to 1837. He survived the first assassination attempt on a U.S. President in 1835, and passed away on June 8, 1845 at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tenn.