Election | Voting Public | Dirty Campaigning
In 1828, more people were eligible
than had ever been the case.
Until the end of the 18th Century an American's right to vote had
depended upon owning certain property and religious association.
During the first three decades of the 19th Century most states largely
removed these restrictions by passing constitutional amendments.
In that election, more than three times as many people cast votes
as in the 1824 election. It marked the beginning of modern politics,
until then presidential elections had been decided solely by the
Electoral College, and the electors had all been appointed. Beginning
in 1828, members of the Electoral College were voted into their
positions, therefore their votes more truly reflected the public's
Because of past grievances and a potentially very tight race, both
Jackson and Adam's camps used unprecedented means to get the public's
vote. To appeal to the common man, for the first time organizers
used symbols and slogans such as Old Hickory and organized rallies,
dinners, parades, and barbecues to get out the vote. Both sides
were very carefully organized with committees from national to local
fundraising to news coverage. >>>
V. Remini, Andrew Jackson, Volume Two, The Course of American
Freedom, 1822-1832 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
1998) Chapter 8, "Triumph and Tragedy."
Hermitage [website], accessed 21 August 2001; available from http://www.thehermitage.com/elect.htm;
American President [website], accessed 21 August 2001; available
Osinski, Encyclopedia of Presidents, Andrew Jackson (Chicago: Children's
J. Viola, World Leaders Past and Present, Jackson (New York: Chelsea
House Publishers, 1986)