The Presidential Election of 1828


Up to the Election

          The presidential election of 1828 was one of the most important elections of its time period. The two candidates competing for president were John Quincy Adams of the National Republican Party and Andrew Jackson of the new rising Democratic Party. In the election of 1824, prior to this election, Jackson lost to Adams in a controversial ending. In 1824, Jackson won the majority of the votes, but he did not win the majority of electoral votes. Since Jackson did not win the majority of electoral votes the decision for who would become president was given to Congress. Congress decided that John Quincy Adams had won the election and would be the sixth president of the United States. This was a very controversial ending that fired up Jackson and his supporters for the election of 1828.

Changes in the Election

           Before and during the election many changes were going on in the United States. Prior to the election of 1828, the only people that were able to vote were white male landowners. In the election of 1828 however, all white males were able to vote. Also, in the election of 1828 most states either reduced or abolished property requirements for voting. This allowed for almost all white males to be able to vote. Changes in voting weren’t the only changes going on. There were also changes in the ways campaigns were run and changes in beliefs. Andrew Jackson lived a hard life. He had to work hard to get to the position he was in. Because of his personal background, Jackson believed that the common man should run the government not the elite. Jackson also changed the way to rally supporters. Jackson held rallies and assemblies to gather support. These assemblies allowed a nice comfortable place for people to talk about Jackson. Overall, the election of 1828 changed the way elections would be run in the future.

The Campaign

           The presidential election of 1828 was one of the dirtiest fought campaigns in presidential history. Following Jackson’s loss in the presidential election of 1824 he and his supporters were ready for a second chance at change. However, Adam’s and his supporters were not going to give up without a fight. Both candidates traded insults back and forth. Jackson called Adams a corrupt politician and a monarchist. Adams and his supporters called Jackson a gambler, adulterer, and a murderer, but they didn’t stop there. They also insulted Jackson’ wife Rachel, claiming that she was not worthy of the title first lady. The insults traded back and forth were not the only part of the campaign. Both candidates had different views and represented different futures for the U.S.. Adams believed that the elite should continue to run the United States. Jackson on the other hand believed that the common man should run the United States. In the end Jackson and his beliefs won him the election with a majority of 59.5%. Jackson’s presidency ushered in a whole new era, an era of change, an era of the Democratic Party.

"Our government, sir, is founded upon the intelligence of the people." Andrew Jackson 

By Jim Gehrig