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The Election of 1824; Corrupt Bargain

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Parker Freeman

on 21 January 2015

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Transcript of The Election of 1824; Corrupt Bargain

There were four people running in the election of 1824. They were, William H. Crawford, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and Andrew Jackson. In the end, Jackson got the most electoral votes but he failed to meet the majority vote. Since no one met the constitutional requirement for presidency, the election had to be decided by the House of Representatives. In an odd twist, the Constitution states that only the top 3 candidates can be considered, therefore, Speaker of the House Henry Clay was automatically dropped.
The term "corrupt bargain" began with a meeting that John Adams had with Henry Clay (after which he was dropped) in which they spoke for a long period of time. It is not known whether they reached a deal or not, but suspicions were wide spread. After the meeting Henry Clay instructed all his supporters to vote for Adams, and because of his persuasion, Adams won the House of Representatives election and became the new president. After being elected president, Adams named Henry Clay to be his Secretary of State. A lot of people, including Andrew Jackson, assumed Clay sold his influence to Adams so he could be Secretary of State.
The label "corrupt bargain" began to be heard throughout the land as soon as Clay endorsed for presidency. What was earlier a murmur became a roar when Adams offered, and Clay accepted, the position of secretary of state in Adams' cabinet. Andrew Jackson was so infuriated about the manipulated outcome that he resigned his Senate seat, returned to Tennessee, and began planning his next presidential campaign in which he will beat Adams.
In conclusion I believe that no one met
The Election of 1824; Corrupt Bargain
The election of 1828 had two separate parties; the republican party and the democratic party. The Democrats wanted Jackson as president and the Republicans wanted Adams as President.
The election 1828
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