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Most influential president: Andrew Jackson or Donald Trump?

Through war, diplomacy, successes and failures, the power of the presidency has been essential in shaping American history. Ahead of President's Day 2018, we're asking Tylters to decide which U.S. president made the biggest impact. Andrew Jackson was one of the most notorious presidents in our history, in part because he oversaw the Trail of Tears. But former reality star and real estate mogul Donald Trump had one of the most historic campaigns in the country's history. Which president made the biggest impact? 🩅

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The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.

Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential?

Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchups below!

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#TeamJackson

The 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson sought to be a direct representative of the common man and was the first president to actively campaign for office. Known for his hot temper and polarizing politics, Jackson remains one of America's most controversial presidents.

Before Jackson was elected president in 1828, he served in the House of Representatives and the Senate. He was then a major general in the War of 1812, where he defeated the British in New Orleans and became a national hero. Jackson's presidency is remembered for his conflict with the National Bank and the infamous "Trail of Tears" that resulted in the deaths of thousands after Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which forced Native American tribes to relocate.

Jackson made a speech before Congress on Indian Removal, defending his decision:
It gives me pleasure to announce to Congress that the benevolent policy of the Government, steadily pursued for nearly thirty years, in relation to the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation.
The consequences of a speedy removal will be important to the United States, to individual States, and to the Indians themselves. The pecuniary advantages which it promises to the Government are the least of its recommendations. It puts an end to all possible danger of collision between the authorities of the General and State Governments on account of the Indians.

Jackson was also a supporter of slavery and was vehemently opposed to the rising abolitionist movement. He served two terms as president and died in 1845.

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#TeamTrump

The 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump made history by becoming the first person who has never held public office to become president.

Before he ran for office, Trump was a real estate mogul and reality television star. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance, Trump entered the world of real estate development, following in the footsteps of his father. He was also the producer and star of the reality show "The Apprentice."

In 2015, Trump announced his intention to run for president and defeated 16 primary opponents to secure his nomination. During his first year as president, Trump enacted a controversial travel ban, signed a tax bill into law and repealed many Obama-era policies.

In his inaugural address and throughout his campaign, Trump promised to "Make America Great Again."

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people... For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished–but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered–but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again.

Donald Trump is currently serving his first term as president of the United States.

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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Most influential president: Andrew Jackson or Donald Trump?
#TeamJackson
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamTrump