Essay on Andrew Jackson And The Presidential Election

1859 Words Dec 7th, 2014 8 Pages
The year is 1824. The presidential election is underway with four candidates fiercely competing for the top spot. Andrew Jackson led the popular vote with 158,000, then John Quincy Adams with 114,000, Henry Clay with 47,217, and William Crawford with 46,979. However, despite being more than 40,000 votes ahead of the nearest candidate, Jackson lost the election to Adams because of corrupt dealings in the House of Representatives. Jackson seethed with anger; he felt the voice of the people had been silenced. He vowed to bring real democracy to the country and for the next four years prepared for the election of 1828, which he won. Many people question whether or not Jackson achieved his goal of introducing a real democracy to America. Jackson advanced democracy in the areas of executive authority, popular sovereignty, and social equality by using his power to give the people a more effective voice in the country’s affairs; he actively vetoed bills, advocated for the common man and compromised in order to create a new era of real democracy in the United States.
Andrew Jackson used his executive authority to level the playing field between the wealthy and the common man; his aim, above all, was to make as many things as possible fair in regards to the people. Jackson actively used his power to veto bills that he believed would ultimately work against the people. One of his most controversial vetoes is that of the Charter of the Second Bank of the United States. His number one…

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