What are the similarities between Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson?

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There are at least two important similarities between these two presidents.

First, both of these men were born in very humble circumstances and were self-made men.  Jackson was born in the backwoods of South Carolina and his father died soon after Jackson was born.  Lincoln was not from a poor family, but his father was a farmer and carpenter, not a member of any elite.

Second, both men were strongly in favor of keeping the Union together.  Jackson faced threats of secession from South Carolina in the crisis over the "Tariff of Abominations."  He acted strongly to prevent secession.  Lincoln, of course, was willing to go to war to prevent the South from seceding.


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