1828 Presidential Election

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The Presidential Election of 1828 is known as the “Dirtiest Presidential Campaign Ever,” mainly because of all the rumors spread around the US about both candidates. The 1828 election campaigns focused greatly on both the individual's image and character instead of policy and issues. In the 1824 election these same two candidates, Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, ran against each other, but Adams won that election. It was known as “The Corrupt Bargain” because it had to be decided in the House of Representatives and it is believed that the speaker of the house, Henry Clay, had a big influence on the victory of Adams. This election led to the two party system that we have today.

Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 in the Waxhaws
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Andrew Jackson won the election having a popular vote of 55.93% and an electoral vote of 68.2% John Quincy Adams lost with a popular vote of 43.68% and an electoral vote of 31.8% Two major issues of the 1828 election were both slavery & political patronage. Andrew Jackson supported the expansion of slavery and political patronage while John Quincy Adams opposed both. Adams did not win his second term because it is stated that, “Upon becoming President, Adams appointed Clay as Secretary of State. Jackson and his angry followers charged that a “corrupt bargain” had taken place and immediately began their campaign to wrest the Presidency from Adams in 1828.” The newspaper, “The United States Telegraph” supported the democratic party and in that story they spread the rumor that Adams was basically a pimp. The “Daily National Journal” supported the republican party and spread a rumor that said that Jackson fought a man and chased him away only to steal his wife. This election led to the two party system we have today and it was the very first election that was decided by the popular vote. Andrew Jackson used Jacksonian Democracy and established himself as a democrat which separated him from the Republican-Democrats. John Adams supporters either called themselves the National Republicans or the Whig Party, which became the opposition to Jackson's democratic

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