What! I had the most votes! This is a corrupt bargain!
Hey, John! If I give you votes, can you give me a position?
John Quincy Adams
Sure, I'll make you secretary of state!
Andrew Jackson was born into poverty, but became the first U.S. representative from the state of Tennessee. He became a national war hero at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He was a major factor in the U.S. acquisition of Florida. He received 99 electoral votes, the most of any candidate, but not a majority.
Henry Clay served as a state representative, U.S. representative, and U.S. Senator from Kentucky. He was the Speaker of the House from 1815-20, and again from 1823-25. He received 37 electoral votes, only good for fourth place, and was eliminated from the house election, but as Speaker, he had a massive influence on the result.
The son of the 2nd President, John Quincy Adams served as secretary of State under President Monroe. He helped create the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. He received 84 electoral votes, good for second place. He bribed Henry Clay with a cabinet position to win the tiebreaker vote in the house, and became the 6th president of the United States.