United States presidential election, 1824

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The presidential election of 1824 was a hard and rough election. Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams ran as did the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson. Other candidates were John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, and William H. Crawford. Jackson was the most popular, but still there was a close election. Things changed when Calhoun withdrew from the race (seeking the Vice Presidency instead, which he won) and Crawford fell ill.

No candidate won a majority of electoral votes, so the election was decided by the House of Representatives. Henry Clay did not get to participate in the House vote, since he had polled the least electoral votes, and instructed his supporters to back Adams, as Clay hated Jackson and there was no possible way that Crawford could have won the vote. Adams then won the vote in the House and defeated Andrew Jackson.

Election Results[1]

Candidate Popular Vote[2] Electoral Vote House Vote
John Quincy Adams 113,142 84 13
Andrew Jackson 151,363 99 7
William H. Crawford 41,032 41 4
Henry Clay 47,545 37 0
Unpledged/Others 12,846 0 0



  1. Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1824 Presidential Election Results
  2. Only 18 of the 24 states chose electors through popular vote.
  3. A Pictoral History of the U.S. Presidents, by Clare Gibson, Gramercy Books, 2001.