"The effect of Jackson’s victory was enormous. He was hailed as the first “people’s president.” Mothers and fathers who had never dreamed that their sons might one day become president suddenly did so. A boy couldn’t grow up to be George Washington unless he was born into the gentry, but a boy from the humblest origins could grow up to be Andy Jackson, because that’s what Jackson had done.
The triumph of democracy was the dominant theme of American life in the first half of the 19th century. Jacksonian democracy was far from perfect: Most women and African-Americans couldn’t vote. But the principle that political power in America rested with ordinary people became firmly entrenched."