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1824 Storyboard
Updated: 2/22/2019
1824 Storyboard
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  • John Quincy Adams
  • Henry Clay
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Born on July 11, 1767, John Quincy Adams was the son of the esteemed John Adams, who was soon to become the second president of the newly formed United States. He served as the "minister" or diplomat to the netherlands under George Washington, and the minister to Prussia under his father. In the election of 1824 he had the second most electoral votes, but because of nobody getting the required amount of electoral votes, the issue was brought to the house of representatives to decide. He has been made famous because of his alleged "unfair actions" against Andrew Jackson in which he supposedly bribed Henry Clay to support him. Because of these actions, he won the election.
  • Born in 1777 to Reverend John and Elizabeth Hudson Clay, Henry Clay went on to become a lawyer, then senator, then speaker of the house. He was a strong advocate for war against the British in 1812, and although he was a slaveholder, he still disapproved of slavery as a whole. He was one of the four finalists in the election of due to special circumstances, he became the deciding voice between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Legend has it that he was bribed by John Quincy Adams with the position of Secretary of State, so that he would choose Adams to become president.
  • Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, near Lancaster, South Carolina. Prior to his birth, his parents and two older brothers emigrated to America. His father died shortly before his birth, and after joining the army with his two brothers, his oldest brother died from heat stroke. Shortly following this, Jackson and his other brother were captured by the British and his second brother passed from an unknown disease. Finally he became an orphan at age 14, after his mother contracted cholera while aiding soldiers in the field. However, this didn't stop him from becoming a lawyer, then subsequently a war hero, after the Battle of Tohopeka. He then went on to aide in the capture of Florida. In the election of 1824, Andrew Jackson gained the most popular and electoral votes, but not enough to win. He lost the race because of the "corrupt bargain" made between Adams and Clay.
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