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• As a war hero of the War of 1812, Jackson was immensely popular. Receiving 99 electoral votes, victory in the Presidential Election of 1824 was all but guaranteed... until it was realized he needed a majority of electoral votes to win.
• The son of President John Adams, John Quincy Adams, came out of the Election of 1824 with 84 electoral votes, second to Jackson. Still, with Jackson not receiving majority electoral votes, the House of Representatives would vote on the presidency, which will come to work in Adams' favor.
• A Kentucky politician, Clay, served as the Speaker of the House. Clay detested Jackson, and was a staunch opponent of his policies. Finishing fourth in the electoral votes, Clay made decisive moves to secure a Jackson loss, and an Adams win.
Jackson lost the vote conducted by the House of Representatives. Seeing it as a 'corrupt bargain', Jackson blamed political corruption and favoritism for his defeat. His feelings of righteous indignation would fuel a strong campaign in 1828.
By forming a New England-Ohio Valley alliance with Clay, Adams supporters teamed up with Clay supporters to sway the vote towards Adams presidential victory. By naming Clay his Secretary of State, a 'corrupt bargain' secured Adams the victory in 1824.
Accepting loss, Clay and his supporters swayed the vote towards John Quincy Adams for president in 1824. Adams became president, and Clay was appointed Secretary of State, leaving Jackson completely out (as Clay was staunchly against Jackson).
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