Andrew Jackson, one of the most controversial presidents in United States history, is also one of the most interesting. Jackson’s greatest enemy was the United States Bank. This “Bank War” began when congress, lead by Jackson’s future opponent Henry Clay, tried to renew the Bank’s charter in 1832, 4 years earlier than the date it was set to expire. Andrew Jackson refused to let this happen, sparking a huge conflict with the all powerful bank. He faced threats from Clay, and his friends at the bank, claiming that if Jackson continued to reject the bill, they would crush his hopes of re-election. This is where Andrew Jackson’s Crusade Against the “hydra headed monster” begins.