Friday, December 30, 2016

Old Hickory & Young Hickory

Within an hour’s drive of Nashville Tennessee two US Presidents are honored, Andrew Jackson 7th President of the United States of America, and James K Polk 11th President of the United States of America.

Jackson, known as ‘Old Hickory’ for his toughness from being an orphaned child, held prisoner by the British, and as General of US forces. Polk, referenced as ‘Young Hickory’ as an allusion to the 7th President from the same state as mentor, and the “Napoleon of the Stump” in speaking.

For me there are no more clear examples of there being ‘rock star’ Presidents than these two. One who remains popular throughout the ages and get all the funding, the other the focus of hipster rockers out of New York 

Jackson won a significant battel against the British in the War of 1812 (after it had officially ended) and took the second attempt at the Presidency as a the “voice of the people’s will” shaping the office to be one of a power.

Almost opposite of this Polk was pushed nominated on to the ballot finding out a few weeks later he had won, ran on a strict number of promises and then completed each and every one. Manifest Destiny (a term you may well remember from being a student) was completed by Polk. Unfortunately, Polk died shortly after leaving office never having time to put his history in order. His spotlight is the result of a later in life (after he died) semi adoption of a girl named Sarah by his wife.

If you become President, no matter how hard you work, be certain to plan for after office, or live a long life after, so people will remember what you did for them. 


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