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  1. The Corrupt Bargain Of 1824

  2. Henry Clay John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson William H. Crawford All candidates in 1824 are Democratic-Republican

  3. By 1824, there had been a trend for future presidents… • George Washington • John Adams • Thomas Jefferson • James Madison • James Monroe Year Elected Federal Office Held Before Election President • 1788 • 1796 • 1800 • 1808 • 1816 • Washington’s Vice-President • Washington’s Secretary of State, Adam’s Vice-President • Jefferson’s Secretary of State • Madison’s Secretary of State

  4. Henry Clay John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson William H. Crawford Section: New England Section: Southwest Section: Southeast Section: West Experience: President Monroe’s Secretary of State Experience: Hero of Battle of New Orleans Experience: Speaker of the House of Representatives Experience: President Monroe’s Secretary of Treasury

  5. Henry Clay John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson William H. Crawford Popular Votes Received: 153,544 Popular Votes Received: 108,740 Popular Votes Received: 46,618 Popular Votes Received: 47,136 Electoral Votes: 99 Electoral Votes: 84 Electoral Votes: 41 Electoral Votes: 37

  6. Amendment 12, US Constitution (1804) • “If no person have such a majority [of the electoral votes], then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President…”

  7. The House Makes their Decision… • William Crawford suffers a serious stroke, leaving him paralyzed and unable to speak. • Henry Clay, being 4th place in the electoral vote is eliminated from the race… • As Speaker of the House, Clay’s influence is pivotal in the election of the President…

  8. A Private Conference with Adams • Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams have lengthy private conference which ends with Clay supporting Adams. • House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams to the Presidency on February 9, 1825…

  9. Three days later… • Henry Clay is formally offered position of Secretary of State by President-elect, John Quincy Adams. • Suspicion and anger from Jackson’s supporters. • Was Jackson cheated out of the Presidency?