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  • Andrew Jackson
  • Henry Clay
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson, the hero of the War of 1812, with ninety-nine electoral votes.
  • Outcome in Election of 1824
  • Henry Clay, the speaker of the House of Representatives, now held a decisive position. As a presidential candidate himself in 1824. Clay had led some of the strongest attacks against Jackson. Clay had 37 electoral votes and 47,217 popular votes.
  • Outcome in Election 1824
  • John Quincy Adams, the son of the second president and Monroe's secretary of state, who had eighty-four votes
  • Outcome in Election of 1824
  • To Jacksonians the Adam-Clay alliance symbolized a corrupt system where elite insiders pursued their own interests without heeding the will of the people. The Jacksonians overstated their case, after all, Jackson fell far short of a majority in the general vote in 1824.
  • Clay advocated what he called the American System, an economic policy of internal improvements for transportation and agriculture funded by taxation. Clay, as a member of the House, transformed the character of the debate by officially throwing his support behind Adams
  • The Adams platform closely approximated Clay's American System, with its spending on internal improvements and a tariff. Adams tried to stay aloof from partisan politics, though believing that his record of service should be sufficient inducement for votes
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