Andrew Jackson's election in 1828 was preceded by the divided election in 1824. Jackson had originally gained his reputation by leading the American forces to victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and he was able to translate this into a presidential run in 1824. In this first election, Jackson actually won the popular vote, along with a majority in the electoral college. However, with the backing of Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams was able to take the presidency.
In 1828, Jackson was able to translate this momentum into another presidential run, campaigning with tremendous energy to appeal to the electorate, building tremendous popular enthusiasm. For one thing, Jackson presented himself in the image of a common-man type candidate, and someone who, as president, would defend the interests of the common-man, especially when contrasted against the unpopular John Quincy Adams. This image appealed particularly heavily to agrarian communities in the United States, who have long held resentment against the banks and financial interests (in no small part because they have so often been indebted to those financial interests). This particular connection would play a particularly striking role in the election of 1832, which would famously see the National Bank take a central role. These factors resulted in an extraordinary voter turnout for the time period, with a landslide victory for Jackson.