The future U.S. President that was captured by the British during American Revolutionary War was President Andrew Jackson. President Jackson was born in a backwoods region between North and South Carolina to Irish immigrant parents in March 1767. He was essentially an orphan. All the members of his family except one were killed during the Revolutionary War. So, Jackson was a man who rose from humble beginnings to become a celebrated soldier and one of the nation’s most influential presidents.

Jackson was a courier and a 13 year-old soldier when he was captured by the British. He is the only former prisoner of war ever to become president. After the war, Jackson embarked on an impressive military and political career. Also, he did work as a Tennessee lawyer, plantation owner, delegate to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention, Tennessee Supreme Court justice, Tennessee senator (twice), victorious leader of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, and governor of the Florida Territory. He was defeated by John Quincy Adams in his first presidential campaign in 1823, but turned around and beat Adams four years later.

After serving as U.S. president, Jackson retired to his Tennessee estate, The Hermitage, and died at age 78. This colorful and controversial president is now pictured on the $20 bill; he was briefly immortalized on the Confederate $1,000 bill.

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