Political Climate <ul><li>The Election of 1824 clearly showed that the "era of good feelings" had come to an end. All the candidates were Democratic-Republicans, but personal and sectional interests outweighed political orthodoxy.
For the first time what the candidate could for the country was outweighed by the “dirt,” or the type of person a voter wanted in office. </li></ul>
The Candidates <ul><li>John Quincy Adams, son of a Federalist president, represented the interests of the Northeast (high protective tariff) and was the leading contender.
Henry Clay of Kentucky shared political views with Adams, but they held one another in contempt — the rigid New Englander versus the hard-drinking Westerner. </li></ul>
Candidates Cont. <ul><li>Andrew Jackson, a Senator from Tennessee and military hero, drew Western support from Clay despite the fact that his political views were not well-known
William H. Crawford of Georgia was born in Virginia and hoped to continue the "Virginia Dynasty;" he held to the old-line Republican view of limiting the role of the central government, but was still the congressional power brokers' favorite </li></ul>
Candidates Cont. <ul><li>John C. Calhoun of South Carolina harbored presidential aspirations, but backed out in the hope of securing the vice presidency. </li></ul>
That Jackson had lived with his wife prior to his divorce from his first wife.
"General Jackson's mother was a common prostitute," "brought to this country by the British soldiers! She afterward married a mulatto man, with whom she had several children, of which number General Jackson is one!!!" </li></ul>
Mudslinging <ul><li>The truth is that, there is only one thing that is for sure. And that is that this was a filthy campaign.
Though most of what was said hurt both candidates, many of the things said of Jackson had truth them, and the things said of Adams did not. But this set a precedence in politics the “clean,” or “good guy,” didn’t matter anymore because people would believe what they read. </li></ul>
The Results! <ul><li>When results were tallied it was evident that Clay had siphoned-off enough votes from Adams to deny him an electoral majority. Adams finished with 84 votes, Jackson 99, Crawford 41 and Clay 37. </li></ul>
But there was a problem... <ul><li>The Twelfth Amendment (adopted in 1804 following the disputed Election of 1800) provided that elections in which no candidate received a majority should be decided by the House of Representatives from among the top three candidates. Clay was out of contention and Crawford was an unlikely prospect because of a serious illness. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Jackson clearly expected to win, figuring that the House would act to confirm his strong showing. However, Clay, as Speaker of the House, used his influence to sway the vote to Adams. Although they were not close, Clay knew that he and Adams shared a common political philosophy; Clay also knew that Jackson was an avowed opponent of the Bank of the United States, a vital component of the American System. Clay also was not interested in doing anything to further the career of the hero of New Orleans, his main rival in the West. </li></ul>
In the End. <ul><li>Adams prevailed on the first ballot in the House of Representatives and became the nation's sixth president. His subsequent appointment of Henry Clay as Secretary of State led to angry charges of a "corrupt bargain." </li></ul>
Check on learning: <ul>Which candidate had the most electoral votes? What amendment allowed the House of Representatives to decide the Presidency? Who was appointed Secretary of State? Why wasn't Crawford on the ballot for the HOR? What were some things Adam's and Jackson's people said about their opponents? </ul>
References <ul><li>"Election of 1824." United States American History. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. < http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h262.html >
"Disney's The American Presidents: John Quincy Adams - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qnVpC4zXpM>. </li></ul>