With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, no nineteenth-century President wielded his powers more aggressively than Andrew Jackson. Among the chief proofs of that was his use of his veto power over Congress. Unlike his predecessors, who invoked that power on strictly constitutional grounds, Jackson felt no such constraint. Instead, he vetoed key congressional measures, not because he deemed them illegal, but simply because he did not like them. In doing so, he set a precedent that vastly enlarged the presidential role in congressional lawmaking.
Among Jackson’s opponents, this executive activism drew charges of dictatorship. Those accusations, however, carried little weight among yeoman farmers and laborers, who doted on his professed opposition to elitism and regarded him as the “greatest man of his age.” He would forever be a legend for his early fame as the general who roundly defeated the British at New Orleans during the War of 1812.
This marble bust of Andrew Jackson was made by sculptor Ferdinand Pettrich in 1836 and was photographed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Thank you to the groups “Public Art”, “Sculptures” and “Statues and Such” for featuring this photograph.
This photograph is “as is” from the camera, there was no post processing.
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 800; SS: 1/40; AV: 5.6; Lens: 17-85mm)