1824 – The Corrupt Bargain

1824 - The Corrupt Bargain


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The 1824 presidential election marked the final collapse of the Republican-Federalist political framework. For the first time no candidate ran as a Federalist, while five significant candidates competed as Democratic-Republicans. Clearly, no party system functioned in 1824. The official candidate of the Democratic-Republicans to replace Monroe was William H. Crawford, who was the secretary of the treasury. A group of Republicans in Congress had selected him.

John Q. Adams and Clay were working together during the election against Andrew Jackson. Jacksons supporters known as Jacksonians were in complete shock and furious anger when they found out what was happening. Although nothing seemed to be done, in the next election when they both ran against each other again; Jackson wins without a doubt due to what they did in the election of 1824.

Later on, Jackson would use a system known as the “Spoils System” which allows him to appoint government jobs to loyal supporters. Which is ironic, because he opposed this so much during his election. This system is still used today in the Government system. Just recently, Governor McDonnell and his wife were involved in 11 charges of corruption. Bob McDonnell lied on loan documents, and was convicted for all 11 charges. His wife was convicted of eight corruption-related charges and an additional count of obstruction of justice. She, too, was acquitted of falsifying a bank records. Which Henry Clay and John Q. Adams were accused of in 1824 and used against them in the election in 1828.

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