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December 11, 1824

THE COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 11, 1824
 
* Andrew Jackson * John Quincy Adams

Page 2 has a chart: Election of President and Vice-President of the United States that shows the electoral votes from thirteen states--Adams with 81 and Jackson with 59, plus the votes for Crawford and Clay, and Calhoun with 133 votes in the column for Vice Presidential candidates. Lists a Whole number of Votes 261, A choice 131. Beneath the chart is report stating: It will be seen by the above table of votes, that Mr. Calhoun has received, in the States...heard from, a majority of all the votes which can be cast for Vice-President... Narrow ink stain in this report, otherwise in good condition.

Background Information: The United States presidential election of 1824 is considered a realigning election. John Quincy Adams was elected President on February 9, 1825 after the election was thrown into the House of Representatives. The previous few years had seen a one-party government in the United States, as the Federalist Party had dissolved, leaving only the Democratic-Republican Party. In this election, the Democratic-Republican party splintered as four separate candidates sought the presidency. 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 later the Whig Party.

This election is notable for being the only time since the passage of the Twelfth Amendment that the presidential election was thrown into the House of Representatives, as no candidate received a majority of the electoral vote. This is also the only Presidential Election in which the candidate receiving the most electoral votes did not become President (since a majority, not just a plurality, is required to win). It is also often said to be the first election in which the president did not win the popular vote, although the popular vote was not measured nationwide. At that time, several states did not conduct a popular vote, allowing their state legislature choose their electors. source: wikipedia

Category: Pre-Civil War

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