John Quincy Adams's Presidency

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The “Corrupt Bargain” during the Election of 1824 indicates that the following was most central to the presidency at that time: A. The central role of partisan caucus in nominating someone to run for president B. The increase of democratic participation among the lower white class C. The increase of the media in political campaigns D. The importance of the Secretary of State as a precursor to the presidency.

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John Quincy Adams won the election of 1824 because some people believed a “corrupt bargain” had been made. In the election of 1824, there were four candidates who were running for President. They were John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William Crawford, and Henry Clay. In the Electoral College, no candidate got a majority of the votes. Andrew Jackson had the most votes, but not a majority. As a result, according to the Constitution, the House of Representatives would choose from the candidates who finished in the top three in the voting in the Electoral College. This eliminated Henry Clay who finished fourth.

In the House of Representatives, they voted to make John Quincy Adams the President. After Adams took over, he named Henry Clay to be his Secretary of State. People assumed a deal was made between Adams and Clay. Many people called this deal the “Corrupt Bargain.” This deal showed the importance of the position of Secretary of State. Many presidents held this position before they became president. Thus, Henry Clay may have sensed making this deal would enhance his chances at becoming President in the future.

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