Corrupt Bargain

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CORRUPT BARGAIN. When the 1824 election ended without any candidate receiving a majority in the electoral college, the House of Representatives awarded the election to John Quincy Adams. Andrew Jackson's outraged supporters claimed that a corrupt bargain had been struck whereby Henry Clay supported Adams in the House vote in return for the office of secretary of state.


Nagel, Paul. John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life. New York: Knopf, 1997.

Remini, Robert V. Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Freedom, 1822–1832. New York: Harper and Row, 1981.

Erik McKinleyEriksson/a. g.

See alsoElections, Presidential ; Electoral College .