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Andrew Jackson’s status as a war-hero naturally made him the popular choice of the people. He received 99 electoral votes, but he needed a majority of electoral votes to win.
John Quincy Adams, came out of the Election with 84 electoral votes. This meant the the House of Representatives would vote on the presidency, which would work in Adams' favor.
Clay was a Kentucky politician who served as the Speaker of the House. He fourth in the electoral votes which made him make moves to make sure Jackson lost and Adams won.
Jackson lost the vote conducted by the House of Representatives. Jackson and his supporters saw it as a "corrupt bargain", Jackson blamed the loose on the House of Representatives and political corruption.
Clay and Adams formed an alliance where Adams and Clay supporters teamed up to secure Adams the presidency and Clay his Secretary of State.
Adams became president, and Clay became Secretary of State, leaving Jackson completely out.
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