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The election of 1824
Updated: 2/21/2019
The election of 1824
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  • Henry Clay
  • Andrew Jackson
  • William Crawford
  • Henry Clay was born in 1777 to Elizabeth Watkins and John Clay. He was a very prominent leader of the Whig party, a five time presidential candidate, Secretary of State under John Q. Adams, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives longer than anyone else in the 19th century. He was possibly the most influential voice in the Senate during its Golden Age. Because of his charisma, he was one of the most beloved politicians of the time. Because of his elaborate schemes, he was one of the most goodnaturedly hated. Although he never held the title of President, he was very influential in the country and died at the ripe old age of 75, in 1852.
  • Andrew Jackson was born in 1767, to a poor family in South Carolina. During the Revolutionary War, Jackson was orphaned, then taken as a prisoner of war. This left him with a lifelong hate of England. After the war, he lived in Tennessee, where he began to practice law. In 1796, he helped draft a constitution for the state and ended up being elected as the first man from the state in the House of Representatives, then the Senate. After he retired he was chosen to be the commander of the state militia. In this position he won the Battle of New Orleans, and helped with the acquisition of Florida. Due to his growing popularity, he chose to run for President. After losing narrowly to John Q. Adams in 1824, he won in 1828. He died at age 78 in 1845.
  • William Crawford was born in 1772 in Georgia. After graduating college began to practice law. In 1803 he won a seat in the Georgia legislature. In 1807 he was promoted to the Senate when the current President Pro Tempore, Abraham Baldwin died mid-term. He was then elected for another term, but left the Senate after that to become minister to France. In 1815, Crawford was appointed Secretary of War by James Madison, and the next year was appointed Secretary of the Treasury, a position he served from 1816 to 1825. He ran for president in 1824, but had virtually no chance at winning, as he was struck by a severe stroke (A result of a misdiagnosis, and bad prescription) and was left paralyzed and mostly blind. He was offered office once again by John Q. Adams, but denied and went back to Georgia to work as a judge until his death in 1834.
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