Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Look Into History: U.S. Presidential Election of 1832

The 1832 election saw Jackson's attempt to get a 2nd term as president. He ran on the Democratic party ticket. 

Former Speaker of the House, and then-Senator Henry Clay became the National Republican nominee. His successful attempt to deny Jackson his first presidential win 8 years before brought this election into a fitting political battle.

 William Wirt also ran on the Anti-Masonry party. They were a single-issue party who were opposed to the Freemason society.

 John Floyd was also listed as a nominee for the Nullifier party, a short-lived states rights party.

The main issue of the campaign was against Jackson's veto against the renewing the charter for the 2nd Bank of the United States (similar to the present Federal Reserve) with him being portrayed as being "too powerful". Jackson denied this and went on a platform about protecting citizens from being ruled by a rich elite within the 2nd Bank of the United States.

Despite some strong tactics by Clay, it was an almost all out win for Jackson. Jackson had 219 electoral votes versus Clay's 49. Floyd got 11, and Wirt got 7 which is admirable for distant 3rd parties.

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