1962-66 1¢ Andrew Johnson
Issue Date: May 31, 1963
City: Chicago, Illinois
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 10 Vertically
In 1963, this 1¢ Andrew Jackson stamp was issued in part to help make up differences in postage from the old 4¢ stamps, to the new 5¢ postal rate. The design was based on a medal created by the U.S. Mint in 1829. U.S. #1225 was issued in Chicago, during the Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland (COMPEX).
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the last Revolutionary War veteran and the second prisoner of war to serve as President. He was a successful frontier lawyer who gained national fame for his heroic victories during the War of 1812. Jackson was a tough military leader, earning the nickname “Old Hickory.” Despite losing the election of 1824, he successfully won the elections of 1828 and 1832.
As President, Jackson fought for the rights of the common man and worked to ensure his country remained a unified nation. He introduced the spoils system (rewarding supporters with public offices), effectively closed the Second Bank of the United States, and helped shape the modern Democratic Party. After leaving office, he remained an active voice in politics, especially in Martin Van Buren’s presidential campaign, until Jackson’s death in 1845.