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The Election Of 1824

December 1, 2010 by  

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.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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