When Was the Age of the Common Man?

The Age of the Common Man occurred during the presidency of Andrew Jackson starting in 1828 and lasted throughout the following decade. The age is characterized by the ability of ordinary white men to be elected into government office and by the fact that almost all white men could vote.

One of the most notable achievements of this age includes Andrew Jackson defeating the incumbent and aristocratic John Quincy Adams. Jackson was a divorced and remarried man who had grown up in Tennessee, a big difference in background from Adams, who was the son of a Founding Father and considered an elitist.