Election of 1824

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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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