The Election of 1824

Andrew Jackson 99
John Quincy Adams 84
William Crawford 41
Henry Clay 37

Party conflict may have ceased in the Era of Good Feelings, but factionalism endured within the surviving Republican Party.  Four major candidates from the Republican Party competed in the election of 1824.  Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay drew most their support from the West.  Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Secretary of the Treasury William Crawford were strong in the New England and the South, respectively.  Jackson won a comfortable plurality of the popular votes for electors in the states (this was the first year in which the popular votes for electors were tabulated) and a plurality of the vote in the Electoral College itself, but for the second (and, to date, the last) time the election had to be decided in the House of Representatives.  Clay threw his support to Adams in the House, and was subsequently appointed Secretary of the State in the new administration.  Jackson’s supporters suspected that a “corrupt bargain” had thwarted the popular will, and organized to prepare for the election of 1828.  Adams sought to promote a vigorous program of national development, but his administration never escaped the controversy provoked by his election.

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