The Corrupt Bargain


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  • Candidates Running for President
  • Presidential candidates.
  • Outcome of the Votes
  • no one has enough electoral votes to win the election
  • Clay talks to the House
  • I think Adams will be a great president.
  • In the election of 1824 the presidential candidates were John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and Andrew Jackson.
  • President
  • President of the United States of America elected in 1824
  • The vote results showed that none of the candidates had enough electoral votes to win. Adams had 84 electoral votes, Clay had 37, and Jackson had 99, which gave him a plurality.
  • Secretary of State
  • The new President and Secretary of State
  • Because no one had enough electoral votes to win the election, the House of Representatives got to chose and because of this Clay dropped out of the presidential election. Clay used "his influence as Speaker of the House to defeat Jackson, so Adams was elected."
  • Jacksons Followers are Outraged
  • The House of Representatives chose John Adams and so he became president with the help of his friend Henry Clay.
  • In return of Clay putting in a good word for him in the House, John Adams chose Henry as the Secretary of State.
  • The people who supported Jackson were angry and said that Clay and Adams had a corrupt bargain, or a deal between them. "This issue cast a shadow over Adams’ presidency, and Congress turned down many of his proposals. Adams would not get re-elected for a second term due to the shadow of a corrupt bargain and his unpopular federal policies."
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