On this day (-2) in 1825, the United States selected a President. No, not in an election but in the House of Representatives. Thus ended one of America’s closest and most inconclusive elections.
The original list of candidates was unique. The favorite in the polls was a well-known guy from Tennessee. Breathing down his neck was a guy who was the son of a former president. That brought charges of dynasty. Additionally, there were splinter party candidates who might tip the results.
In the fall election no candidate had received a majority of the total of either popular or electoral votes. Andrew Jackson got 99 electoral votes. John Quincy Adams got 84. Henry Clay got 37, while, a fourth candidate, Wm. H. Crawford got 41.
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