What was the outcome for Andrew Jackson in the election of 1824?


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Andrew Jackson was unsuccessful in his campaign for president in the election of 1824, losing to John Quincy Adams. However, Jackson ran for president again in the election of 1828 and won. Jackson served two terms in office and was succeeded by Martin Van Buren in 1837.

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The outcome of the 1824 election was unusual, as Jackson received more votes than any other candidate. He received 99 votes in the Electoral College, and his strongest opponent, John Quincy Adams, received 84 votes. Jackson also dominated the popular vote, securing 43 percent of votes compared to Adams’ 30 percent. Because neither Jackson nor Adams received the majority of votes in the Electoral College, it was up to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Henry Clay, to decide who would become the sixth president. Coincidentally, Clay also ran for president in the 1824 election, but finished fourth in the Electoral College.

Since Clay was a well-known critic of Jackson during his campaign leading up to the 1824 election, he chose Adams for the presidency. In return, Adams named Clay secretary of state. The deal between Clay and Adams was termed "the corrupt bargain” by supporters of Jackson.

The election of 1824 was a pivotal time in American politics. That year marked the end of the First Party System and featured two national political parties: the Federalist Party and the Jeffersonian Republicans. In 1824, no Federalists ran for office, and there were five candidates running as Democrat-Republicans.

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