Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, was America’s seventh U.S. president. He got the most votes for president among four candidates in 1824, but not a majority, and the election was settled in the House of Representatives, with John Quincy Adams winning.

Jackson was elected to the first of two terms in 1828. He pushed for national expansion, fought the spoils system in government and opposed the idea of a national bank. A statue honoring Jackson stands on the west side of the Square Courthouse in Independence, and he is the namesake of Jackson County.

Bet you didn’t know ... the county was actually named for Gen. Jackson, the war hero, as the Missouri legislature created the “County of Jackson” in December 1826, two years before Jackson was elected president.

– Jeff Fox