The Jacksons also acted as guardians for eight other children. Lawrence pulled out a second pistol which also misfired. In the mid-1850s second-hand evidence indicated that he may have been born at a different uncle's home in North Carolina.
He strengthened the power of the presidency which he saw as spokesman for the entire population as opposed to Congressmen from a specific small district. Jackson was nicknamed "Old Hickory" because of his toughness and aggressive personality; he fought in duels some fatal to his opponents. Whigs and moralists denounced his aggressive enforcement of the Indian Removal Act which resulted in the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).