The 1824 Presidential election featured a deal between Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams that kept Andrew Jackson from becoming president, instead putting Adams in the Oval Office and Clay in the role of Secretary of State.Know More
American politics in 1824 were very different than they are in modern times. Rather than having a sharp polarity between two parties, this election only featured candidates from one party; however, there were five who stood for election. The Electoral College gave 99 votes to Andrew Jackson, the fiery general who had been America's hero in beating the British during the War of 1812. John Quincy Adams came in a close second with 84. However, Jackson did not have a majority of the electoral votes, which was the requirement for becoming President.
Henry Clay had come in fourth in the electoral college results, and he was committed to keeping Jackson out of office. He put together a coalition of votes in the House of Representatives that gave the election to Adams. The alliance between Adams and Clay was seen as a symbol of the power of the elite over the common man, a theme which Jackson would use in the 1828 election as he swept to victory.Learn More
By most accounts, Andrew Jackson is considered by historians as a good president and highly influential. Jackson was the seventh president, serving two terms from 1829 to 1837.Full Answer >
Andrew Jackson was a popular president in many ways, especially among white male landowners, but he was also a fierce proponent of Native American removal and relocation, making him a villain to some. Like most people, Andrew Jackson's character is difficult to pin down as being either all hero or all villain.Full Answer >
The election of 1800 was important because both presidential candidates, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, who were also both members of the Democratic-Republican Party, received 73 electoral votes, sending the election to the House of Representatives. Alexander Hamilton, a leader of the Federalist Party, and Burr had a personal rivalry with one another, leading Hamilton to work out of the spotlight to ensure that Burr did not become the next president.Full Answer >
Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850 was an effort led by Henry Clay to keep the United States together. It finally passed after much debate and many failures to win a majority vote. Among other stipulations, it nullified the Missouri Compromise, allowed California into the nation as a free state and banned any slavery restrictions by the federal government in Utah and New Mexico.Full Answer >