- · Four candidates run for the Presidency in 1824 – all Democratic Republicans
· J.Q. Adams was the most qualified, Clay was the most politically capable, Crawford was the most respected, and Jackson was the most revered (war hero).
· Crawford suffers a stroke before the election, but is so well respected he is kept in the race
· After the elector vote there was NO winner: JQA– 84, AJ – 99, WC – 41, HC – 37
· The election was now thrown to the House of Reps… where Henry Clay was the Speaker of the House (CONFLICT OF INTEREST?).
· The Constitution stated that only the top three vote getters go into the second election – Clay out.
· Now Clay led the election process, and began to rally support for Adams, whose ideas and policies most closely mirrored his own.
· NOT COINCIDENTALLY – when Adams wins the election, even though Jackson won the popular, Henry Clay becomes the new Sec. of State.
Jackson claims it was a “corrupt bargain”…newspapers agree… Adams bought the election!