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United States Presidential Election, 1824
United States
1820 ←
October 26 – December 2, 1824
→ 1828

All 261 electoral votes of the Electoral College
131 electoral votes needed to win
 JohnQAdams.pngAndrew Jackson.jpg
NomineeJohn Q. AdamsAndrew Jackson
PartyDemocratic-RepublicanDemocratic-Republican
Home stateMassachusettsTennessee
Running mateJohn C. CalhounJohn C. Calhoun
Electoral vote8499
States carried712
Popular vote113,122[1]151,271[1]
Percentage30.9%41.4%

 WilliamHCrawford.pngHenry Clay.JPG
NomineeWilliam H. CrawfordHenry Clay
PartyDemocratic-RepublicanDemocratic-Republican
Home stateGeorgiaKentucky
Running mateNathaniel Macon
(replacing Albert Gallatin)
Nathan Sanford
Electoral vote4137
States carried23
Popular vote40,856[1]47,531[1]
Percentage11.2%13.0%

ElectoralCollege1824.svg

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Jackson, Orange denotes those won by Adams, Green denotes those won by Crawford, Light Yellow denotes those won by Clay. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

James Monroe
Democratic-Republican

Elected President

John Quincy Adams
Democratic-Republican

 
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United States Presidential Election, 1824
United States
1820 ←
October 26 – December 2, 1824
→ 1828

All 261 electoral votes of the Electoral College
131 electoral votes needed to win
 JohnQAdams.pngAndrew Jackson.jpg
NomineeJohn Q. AdamsAndrew Jackson
PartyDemocratic-RepublicanDemocratic-Republican
Home stateMassachusettsTennessee
Running mateJohn C. CalhounJohn C. Calhoun
Electoral vote8499
States carried712
Popular vote113,122[1]151,271[1]
Percentage30.9%41.4%

 WilliamHCrawford.pngHenry Clay.JPG
NomineeWilliam H. CrawfordHenry Clay
PartyDemocratic-RepublicanDemocratic-Republican
Home stateGeorgiaKentucky
Running mateNathaniel Macon
(replacing Albert Gallatin)
Nathan Sanford
Electoral vote4137
States carried23
Popular vote40,856[1]47,531[1]
Percentage11.2%13.0%

ElectoralCollege1824.svg

Presidential election results map. Blue denotes states won by Jackson, Orange denotes those won by Adams, Green denotes those won by Crawford, Light Yellow denotes those won by Clay. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

President before election

James Monroe
Democratic-Republican

Elected President

John Quincy Adams
Democratic-Republican

The United States presidential election of 1824 was the 10th quadrennial presidential election, held from Tuesday, October 26, to Thursday, December 2, 1824. John Quincy Adams was elected President on February 9, 1825, after the election was decided by the House of Representatives in what was termed the Corrupt Bargain. The previous years had seen a one-party government in the United States, as the Federalist Party dissolved, leaving only the Democratic-Republican Party as a national political entity. In this election, the Democratic-Republican Party splintered as four separate candidates sought the presidency. This process did not yet lead to formal party organization, but later, the faction led by Andrew Jackson would evolve into the Democratic Party, while the factions led by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay would become the National Republican Party and then the Whig Party.

The presidential election of 1824 is notable for being the only election since the passage of the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution to have been decided by the House of Representatives in accordance with its provision to turn over the choice of the president to the House when no candidate secures a majority of the electoral vote. It was also the only presidential election in which the candidate who received the most electoral votes did not become president (since Andrew Jackson's plurality of electoral votes was insufficient to prevent the election from being thrown into the House of Representatives). The election of 1824 is the first in which the successful presidential candidate did not win the popular vote. Several states did not permit a popular vote, but rather allowed the state legislature to choose their electors.

General Election[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The previous competition between the Federalists and the Republicans had collapsed after the War of 1812. James Monroe had been nominated by a caucus of Republican members of Congress in 1816, and had won the election easily. As party politics declined, they were replaced by bitter personal and sectional contests. By 1824, there were five serious contenders for the presidency:

William H. Crawford, Secretary of the Treasury, who had been nominated by a caucus of a minority of the Republican members of Congress. The rest of Congress decided that the caucus was elitist, anti-democratic, and to be avoided.

John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, who held the second most prominent position in the American government at that time. Both James Madison and James Monroe had gone from State to the presidency.

Henry Clay, Speaker of the House, who was well-known and well respected around the nation. He probably would have received the caucus nomination if he had wanted it, but he argued against the caucus process instead.

Andrew Jackson, a military hero, former governor, and former senator, who was widely viewed as the champion of the common man.

John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, who had a strong following in South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Pressures within South Carolina state politics were forcing him to shift from his earlier stance as a nationalist to his later position as a rigid defender of states' rights. Calhoun decided there was no way he could win the presidency against such tough competition.

Candidates[edit]

Withdrew before election[edit]

Declined to run[edit]

The Balloting
Presidential BallotVice Presidential Ballot
William H. Crawford64Albert Gallatin57
Henry Clay
John Quincy Adams2Erastus Root2
Andrew Jackson1John Quincy Adams1
William Eustis1
William Rufus King1
Walter Lowndes1
Richard Rush1
Samuel Smith1
John Tod1

The traditional Congressional caucus nominated Crawford for president and Albert Gallatin for vice-president, but it was sparsely attended and was widely attacked as undemocratic. Gallatin later withdrew from the contest for the vice-presidency. In 1823, Crawford suffered a stroke, crippling his bid for the presidency. Among other candidates, John Quincy Adams had more support than Henry Clay because of his huge popularity among the old Federalist voters in New England; by this time, even the traditionally Federalist Adams family had come to terms with the Democratic-Republican Party.

The election was as much a contest of favorite sons as it was a conflict over policy, although positions on tariffs and internal improvements did create some significant disagreements. In general, the candidates were favored by different sections of the country: Adams was strong in the Northeast; Jackson in the South, West and mid-Atlantic; Clay in parts of the West; and Crawford in parts of the East.

Congressman William Lowndes declined to run, as did fellow South Carolina resident and Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, who was initially a fifth candidate in the early stages of consideration, but opted instead to seek the vice-presidency. Later, he backed Jackson after sensing the popularity of Crawford in the South. Both Adams and Jackson supporters backed Calhoun, giving him an easy majority of electoral votes for vice-president.

Results by county explicitly indicating the percentage of the winning candidate in each county. Shades of blue are for Jackson (Democratic-Republican), shades of red are for Adams (Democratic-Republican), shades of yellow are for Clay (Democratic-Republican), and shades of green are for Crawford (Democratic-Republican).

The campaigning for this presidential election assumed many forms. Contrafacta, or well known songs and tunes which have been lyrically altered, were used to promote political agendas and presidential candidates. Below can be found a sound clip featuring "Hunters of Kentucky", a tune written by Samuel Woodsworth in 1815 under the title "The Unfortunate Miss Bailey". Contrafacta such as this one, which promoted Andrew Jackson as a national hero, have been a long standing tradition in presidential elections. Another form of campaigning during this election was through newsprint. Political cartoons and partisan writings were best circulated among the voting public through newspapers. Presidential candidate John C. Calhoun was one of the most directly-involved candidates in this election through his participation in the newspaper The Patriot as a member of the editorial staff. This was a sure way to promote his own political agendas and campaign. Yet it was notably unusual in that most candidates involved in early 19th century elections did not run their own political campaigns. Instead it was left to volunteer citizens and partisans to speak on their behalf.[2][3][4][5]

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Results[edit]

Not surprisingly, the results of the election were inconclusive. The electoral map confirmed the candidates' sectional support, with Adams winning outright in the New England states, Jackson gleaning success in states throughout the nation, Clay attracting votes from the west, and Crawford attracting votes from the east. Andrew Jackson received more electoral and popular votes than any other candidate, but not the majority of 131 electoral votes needed to win the election. As no candidate received the required majority of electoral votes, the presidential election was decided by the House of Representatives (see "Contingent election" below). Meanwhile, John C. Calhoun secured a total of 182 electoral votes in a generally uncompetitive race to win the vice-presidency outright.

Presidential CandidatePartyHome StatePopular Vote(a)Electoral Vote
CountPercentage
Andrew Jackson(b)Democratic-RepublicanTennessee151,27141.499
John Quincy Adams(e)Democratic-RepublicanMassachusetts113,12230.984
William Harris Crawford(c)Democratic-RepublicanGeorgia40,85611.241
Henry Clay(d)Democratic-RepublicanKentucky47,53113.037
(Massachusetts unpledged electors)NoneN/A6,6161.80
Other6,4371.80
Total365,833100.0%261
Needed to win131

(a) The popular vote figures exclude Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, South Carolina, and Vermont. In all of these states, the Electors were chosen by the state legislatures rather than by popular vote.[6]

(b) Jackson was nominated by the Tennessee state legislature and by the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania.

(c) Crawford was nominated by a caucus of 66 congressmen that called itself the "Democratic members of Congress".

(d) Clay was nominated by the Kentucky state legislature.

(e) Adams was nominated by the Massachusetts state legislature.

Vice Presidential CandidatePartyStateElectoral Vote[7]
John C. CalhounDemocratic-RepublicanSouth Carolina182
Nathan SanfordDemocratic-RepublicanNew York30
Nathaniel MaconDemocratic-RepublicanNorth Carolina24
Andrew JacksonDemocratic-RepublicanTennessee13
Martin Van BurenDemocratic-RepublicanNew York9
Henry ClayDemocratic-RepublicanKentucky2
Total260
Needed to win131

Results by state[edit]

Andrew Jackson
Democratic-Republican
John Quincy Adams
Democratic-Republican
Henry Clay
Democratic-Republican
William Crawford
Democratic-Republican
State Total
Stateelectoral
votes
# %electoral
votes
# %electoral
votes
# %electoral
votes
# %electoral
votes
#
Alabama5000136189,42969.325000136182,42217.80-00048669960.71-000486691,65612.17-13,603AL
Connecticut8no ballots7,49470.398no ballots1,96518.46-10,647CT
Delaware3no popular voteno popular vote1no popular voteno popular vote2-DE
Georgia9no popular voteno popular voteno popular voteno popular vote9-GA
Illinois31,27227.2321,51632.4611,03622.18-84718.13-4,671IL
Indiana57,34346.6153,09519.65-5,31533.74-no ballots15,753IN
Kentucky146,35627.23-no ballots16,98272.7714no ballots23,338KY
Louisiana5no popular vote3no popular vote2no popular voteno popular vote-LA
Maine9no ballots10,28981.509no ballots2,33618.50-12,625ME
Maryland1114,52343.73714,63244.0536952.09-3,36410.13133,214MD
Massachusetts15no ballots30,68772.9715no ballotsno ballots42,056MA
Mississippi33,12163.7731,65433.80-no ballots1192.43-4,894MS
Missouri31,16633.97-1594.63-2,04259.503320.93-3,432MO
New Hampshire8no ballots9,38993.598no ballots6436.41-10,032NH
New Jersey810,33252.0888,30941.89-no ballots1,1966.03-19,837NJ
New York36no popular vote1no popular vote26no popular vote4no popular vote5-NY
North Carolina1520,23156.0315no ballotsno ballots15,62243.26-36,109NC
Ohio1618,48936.96-12,28024.55-19,25538.4916no ballots50,024OH
Pennsylvania2835,92976.04285,43611.50-1,7053.61-4,1828.85-47,252PA
Rhode Island4no ballots2,14591.474no ballots2008.53-2,345RI
South Carolina11no popular vote11no popular voteno popular voteno popular vote-SC
Tennessee1120,19797.45112161.04-no ballots3121.51-20,725TN
Vermont7no popular voteno popular vote7no popular voteno popular vote35,031VT
Virginia242,97519.35-3,41922.24-4192.73-8,55855.682415,371VA
TOTALS:261151,36341.3699113,14230.928447,54512.993741,03211.2141365,928US
TO WIN:131

Breakdown by ticket[edit]

Presidential CandidateRunning MateElectoral Vote
Andrew JacksonJohn C. Calhoun99
John Quincy AdamsJohn C. Calhoun74
Henry ClayNathan Sanford27
William Harris CrawfordNathaniel Macon24
John Quincy AdamsAndrew Jackson9
William Harris CrawfordMartin Van Buren9
Henry ClayJohn C. Calhoun7
Henry ClayAndrew Jackson3
William Harris CrawfordNathan Sanford3
William Harris CrawfordHenry Clay2
William Harris CrawfordJohn C. Calhoun2
William Harris CrawfordAndrew Jackson1
John Quincy Adamsnone1

1825 Contingent election[edit]

The voting by state in the House of Representatives

The presidential election was thrown to the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment, only the top three candidates in the electoral vote were admitted as candidates in the House: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and William Harris Crawford. Henry Clay, who happened to be Speaker of the House, was left out. Clay detested Jackson and had said of him, "I cannot believe that killing 2,500 Englishmen at New Orleans qualifies for the various, difficult, and complicated duties of the Chief Magistracy."[8] Moreover, Clay's American System was far closer to Adams' position on tariffs and internal improvements than Jackson's or Crawford's, so Clay threw his support to Adams, who had many more votes than Clay. John Quincy Adams was elected President on February 9, 1825, on the first ballot,[9][10] with 13 states, followed by Jackson with 7, and Crawford with 4.

Adams' victory shocked Jackson, who, as the winner of a plurality of both the popular and electoral votes, expected to be elected president. Interestingly enough, not too long before the results of the House election, an anonymous statement appeared in a Philadelphia paper, called the Columbian Observer. The statement, said to be from a member of Congress, essentially accused Clay of selling Adams his support for the office of Secretary of State. No formal investigation was conducted, so the matter was neither confirmed nor denied. When Clay was indeed offered the position after Adams was victorious, he opted to accept and continue to support the administration he voted for, knowing that declining the position would not have helped to dispel the rumors brought against him.[11] By appointing Clay his Secretary of State, President Adams essentially declared him heir to the Presidency, as Adams and his three predecessors had all served as Secretary of State. Jackson and his followers accused Adams and Clay of striking a "corrupt bargain". The Jacksonians would campaign on this claim for the next four years, ultimately attaining Jackson's victory in the Adams-Jackson rematch in 1828.

Results by state in House of Representatives[edit]

Delegation winnerAdams voteJackson voteCrawford vote
MaineAdams700
New HampshireAdams600
VermontAdams500
MassachusettsAdams1210
Rhode IslandAdams200
ConnecticutAdams600
New YorkAdams18214
New JerseyJackson150
PennsylvaniaJackson1250
DelawareCrawford001
MarylandAdams531
VirginiaCrawford1119
North CarolinaCrawford1210
South CarolinaJackson090
GeorgiaCrawford007
AlabamaJackson030
MississippiJackson010
LouisianaAdams210
KentuckyAdams840
TennesseeJackson090
MissouriAdams100
OhioAdams1022
IndianaJackson030
IllinoisAdams100
Total votes[12]Adams87 (41%)71 (33%)54 (25%)
Votes by stateAdams13 (54%)7 (29%)4 (17%)

Electoral College selection[edit]

Caucus curs in full yell, by James Akin, 1824 (critique of "the press's treatment of Andrew Jackson, and on the practice of nominating candidates by caucus")[13]
Method of choosing ElectorsState(s)
Each Elector chosen by voters statewideAlabama
Connecticut
Indiana
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Virginia
Each Elector appointed by state legislatureDelaware
Georgia
Louisiana
New York
South Carolina
Vermont
State is divided into electoral districts, with one Elector chosen per district by the voters of that districtIllinois
Kentucky
Maryland
Missouri
Tennessee
  • Two Electors chosen by voters statewide
  • One Elector chosen per Congressional district by the voters of that district
Maine

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Popular vote totals are incomplete. See footnote (a) in section "Results"
  2. ^ Hansen, Liane (Host). (October 5, 2008). Songs Along The Campaign Trail [Radio series episode]. In Election 2008: On The Campaign Trail. National Public Radio.
  3. ^ Hay, Thomas R (October 1934). John C. Calhoun And The Presidential Campaign Of 1824, Some Unpublished Calhoun Letters. The American Historical Review, 40, No. 1, Retrieved October 27, 2008, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/1838676
  4. ^ McNamara, R (September 2007). The Election Of 1824 Was Decided In The House Of Representatives. Retrieved October 27, 2008, from About. Com Web site: http://history1800s.about.com/od/leaders/a/electionof1824.htm
  5. ^ Schimler, Stuart (February 12, 2002). Singing To The Oval Office: A Written History Of The Political Campaign Song. Retrieved October 28, 2008, from President Elect Articles Web site: http://www.presidentelect.org/art_schimler_singing.html
  6. ^ Leip, David. 1824 Presidential Election Results. Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections (July 26, 2005).
  7. ^ Electoral College Box Scores 1789–1996. Official website of the National Archives. (July 30, 2005).
  8. ^ Henry Clay to Francis Preston Blair, January 29, 1825.
  9. ^ Adams, John Quincy; Adams, Charles Francis (1874). Memoirs of John Quincy Adams: Comprising Portions of His Diary from 1795 to 1848. J.B. Lippincott & Co. pp. 501–505. ISBN 0-8369-5021-6. Retrieved August 2, 2006. 
  10. ^ United States Congress (1825). House Journal. 18th Congress, 2nd Session, February 9. pp. 219–222. Retrieved August 2, 2006. 
  11. ^ Schlesinger, Arthur Meier; Israel, Fred L. (1971). History of American presidential elections, 1789–1968, Volume I, 1789–1844. New York: Chelsea House. pp. 379–381. ISBN 070797862 Check |isbn= value (help). Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  12. ^ McMaster, J. B. (1900). History of the People of the United States..., V. New York: D. Appleton and Company. p. 81. In Bemis, Samuel Flagg (1965). John Quincy Adams and the Union. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 54.
  13. ^ Akin (1824). "Caucus curs in full yell, or a war whoop, to saddle on the people, a pappoose president / J[ames] Akin, Aquafortis". Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Retrieved April 24, 2012.