Out of a field of five candidates, William H. Crawford of Georgia was not a favorite son in the 1824 presidential election. Favorite-son candidates, those supported by their home state delegations, had a negotiating edge in the regionally driven political world of early 19th-century America.Continue Reading
Henry Clay of Kentucky, Andrew Jackson of Tennessee and John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts were all favorite-son candidates. John C. Calhoun withdrew and ran as vice president when the legislature of his state, South Carolina, did not endorse him.
Crawford, a long-time Washington insider, had been nominated by a caucus of congressional Democrat-Republicans. Since only the fragmenting Democrat-Republican party had viable candidates, this seemed to make him the candidate who could unite regions of the country. However, the other candidates protested the closed system that had nominated him, and a stroke he suffered in 1823 further damaged his chances. Ultimately, John Quincy Adams won the presidency.Learn more about Elections