You think some of our recent elections have been controversial? Consider what happened in this country 186 years ago today.
In the heated election of 1824, four candidates ran for our nation’s highest office. Although Andrew Jackson won more states, more popular votes and more electoral votes than anyone else, it wasn’t enough to clinch the race.
Then a deal was struck. Henry Clay, the fourth-place finisher, agreed to throw his support to the guy who came in second. That just happened to be John Quincy Adams, son of our second president. Clay’s support was enough to confirm John II as the winner. He promptly named Clay as his Secretary of State.
Of course nothing like this could ever happen in this day and age, could it Hillary?
Jackson got his revenge four years later when he won election outright. “Old Hickory,” who is credited with creating the modern Democrat Party, served eight tempestuous years as the nation’s leader.