Who Won the Election of 1828?
This video discusses the notable election of 1828. It is considered by some to be the first modern campaign because Jackson appealed to the general public and hired a campaign manager. He was able to appeal to the general public more so than his predecessors because the vote had been given to all eligible men rather than merely land owning men. This meant that the available voters had tripled from 3% to 9% of the population of the U.S. Andrew Jackson called himself a Democrat (founding the Democratic party). Prior to this, they had called themselves Democratic Republicans. His rival, John Quincy Adams, was a Federalist. There was much mud-slinging in this election. Jackson was accused of being an adulterer and bigamist by marrying his wife 2 years before her previous marriage was officially terminated. Jackson accused Adams of trading women to the Czar for favorable negotiating outcomes with Russia. Jackson also accused Adams of gambling because he bought a billiards table and chess set for the white house. Jackson won the election by a landslide. The White House was practically destroyed during the inauguration party as the common people who had support Jackson flooded in to help him celebrate. It was so raucous that Jackson suffered 3 cracked ribs during the festivities.