S. senate. He served from September 1797 to April 1798. He served as judge of the state superior court from 1798 to 1804. His decisions were said to be "short, untechnical, unlearned, sometimes ungrammatical, and generally right.aE After this he went into a brief retirement from politics. In this time he worked to improve his plantation, the Hermitage, where he owned 20 slaves and eventually 100 slaves. Jackson's hot temper got him in a number of feuds and duels, many of which were over remarks about his wife. In May 1814 Jackson was made a major general in the regular (federal) army. After his stint of general and the Battle of New Orleans he was a national hero. His military exploits had captured the imagination of the nation. In the summer of 1822 the Tennessee legislature nominated Jackson for president and in 1823 they again elected him to the U.S. Senate giving him a national platform. He did not win the election of 1824, but he was determined to beat Adams in the election of 1828.
Nearing the age of 62, Jackson arrived in Washington D.C. for his inauguration. When he took office he rewarded his democratic "party of the peopleaE supporters with cabinet positions, most of wh