Election of 1824

Election of 1824

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  • Andrew Jackson
  • Background: Andrew Jackson was born to a Scottish-Irish family in the colonial Carolinas. He became a lawyer and served briefly in both houses of congress representing Tennessee. He was then elected commander of the Tennessee militia. He fought in many battles, including the Battle of New Orleans wich earned him his fame.
  • Election of 1824 results: Andrew Jackson lost the presidential race due to what many describe as a "corrupt bargain" between Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams. He received both 99 electoral votes and the popular vote majority, but he fell below electoral vote majority.  To break the stalemate, the house of representatives had to vote on the candidates and they voted in favor of John Quincy Adams.
  • Henry Clay
  • Background: Henry Clay was born in Virginia in 1777. He launched a legal career in Kentucky and later was elected to the House of Representatives. In 1811 he was elected as the Speaker of the House and was a major supporter of the war of 1812. 
  • Election of 1824 results: Henry Clay received the least electoral votes in the 1824 presidential election, and has eliminated from the race due to the thirteenth amendment. However he still had a lot of power over the election due to being the Speaker of the House and is widely believed to have conspired with John Quincy Adams for a higher government position.
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Background: Adams was born in Massachusetts, though he spent most of his childhood in Europe because his father, John Adams, was a diplomat there. Later, he was appointed the ambassador of the Netherlands after setting up a successful legal business in Boston. He served many high-ranking diplomatic positions overseas before he was called back to America to run for President.
  • Election of 1824 results: Adams received 84 electoral votes in the presidential election, but won the election due to Henry Clay's support in the House of Representatives. 
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