Election of 1824

"Analyzing the Election through Graphs"

Understanding the Election of 1824

It is very important to understanding the Election of 1824 as it sets the stage for how elections were conducted in the future. This was the first election decided by the House of Representatives after the 12th amendment was ratified.

The important players in this election...

Your instructions for this assignment (you can click on the orange boxes below to access the links).

There are two parts to this assignment. You will need to create a graph for submission and then answers questions based on your analysis of the graph that you created.


  1. Read the narrative about this important election. Click on the link: http://goo.gl/qvF9h7 to access this information.
  2. Click on this link to access the "Historical Election Results." http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/ (You are free to read more about the Electoral College here if you would like).
  3. Click on this title, "1789 to 2012 Electoral College Box Scores" to access the results of the Election of 1828: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/votes/index.html
  4. Open a Google Doc and title it "Election of 1824" and share the document with your instructor. Answer the following questions that are below the orange box links.
Narrative about Election of 1824

Read the narrative on this important election.

Historical Election Results

Click on this link to access the information. You are free to read more if you would like.

1789 to 2012 Electoral College Box Scores

Click on the this link to access the results of the Election of 1828

Open a Google Document

Open a Google Doc and title it "Election of 1824" and submit both the graph and the questions to your Google Drive.


  • What do you notice about the results in the row titled "Electoral Vote?"
  • What do you notice about the results in the row titled "Popular Vote?"
  • What does the Constitution say will happen if no candidate for President receives a majority of electoral votes?
  • Why did Jackson not become President-elect after receiving the most electoral votes?
  • Why was Henry Clay so influential in the election?
  • What is the purpose of the Electoral College? Do you think the President and Vice President should be chosen entirely by popular instead of electoral votes? Why or why not?

Honors Questions


  • If you were Andrew Jackson, how would this make you feel if you were to decide to run for office again?
  • Briefly, look at the Election of 1828...does your prediction match up with what occurred in the next election? Why or why not?

See what is to come...

As you can see from this map, Jackson did learn from the Election of 1824 and then captured the Election of 1828!


Go back to this link and scroll to the bottom of the page and read the "Extension."

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