The Electoral Savvy 0f John Q. Adams (1824)

The 1824 presidential election was likely one of the most important in American history.  Not because the political circumstances are ever likely to reappear (one major party, four credible candidates, a split electoral vote, and a House decision), but because the election involved three presidential aspirants who were major political players during the antebellum period: John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and Andrew Jackson.  A fourth aspirant, William Crawford, was backed by another political powerhouse, Martin Van Buren. 

 

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