Andrew Jackson was the leader of the Democratic Party. After the Era of Good Feelings had ended, Andrew Jackson was furious how the results of the election of 1824 unfolded. He believed he had the election stolen from him as a result of the “corrupt bargain” made between Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams. After this election, Andrew Jackson worked tirelessly to get nominated by the Democratic Party in 1828, which had formerly been known as the Democratic-Republican Party. Andrew Jackson worked to promote the interests of the common people and railed against actions taken by the Bank of the United States. After getting the nomination from the Democratic Party and winning the presidential election in 1828, Andrew Jackson successfully worked to prevent the bank’s charter from being renewed. He favored states’ rights over the power of the federal government and had support from common people such as farmers, laborers, and individuals living on the frontier.
The Whig Party, led by Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and William Henry Harrison, believed the federal government should have an active role in the economy. When the economy declined after the election of 1836, the Whig Party favored an active government role to help bring the economic slide to an end. This was in contrast to the Democrats who believed in a laissez-faire, or hands-off, policy. When the Whig Party first formed, it had strong support from businesses and the financial industry. This party believed a national bank was essential to the economic success of the country. By 1840, the Whig Party also began to attract support from the common man. The Log Cabin Campaign was designed to help the Whig Party, particularly William Henry Harrison, get support from farmers and workers living in the West. William Henry Harrison won the election of 1840 and became President of the United States.