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the end, Jackson won by an overwhelming victory.
His popular vote was 648,273 to 508,064 (for Adams). His electoral
total was 178 to 83. Jackson had broken the hold of the northeastern
elite on the Presidency thanks to largest voter turnout up to that
six previous presidents had come from Virginia or Massachusetts,
Jackson was the first to be born in the new frontier. He was also
the first not to be born into the ranks of privilege and wealth.
Andrew Jackson's win showed democracy at work. He was the only President
since George Washington without a college education. Citizens believed
anyone could become President - you could be an ordinary person
and still aspire to the nation's highest office.
in the moment of his greatest victory, he also suffered the most
crushing blow of his lifethe
death of Rachel.
Robert V. Remini, Andrew Jackson, Volume Two, The Course of American
Freedom, 1822-1832 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
1998) Chapter 8, "Triumph and Tragedy."
Parton, The Life of Andrew Jackson, Volume III (New York:
Mason Brothers, 1861)
Osinski, Encyclopedia of Presidents, Andrew Jackson (Chicago:
Children's Press, 1987)
J. Viola, World Leaders Past and Present, Jackson (New York:
Chelsea House Publishers, 1986)
R. Sandak, The Jacksons, First Families (New York: Crestwood
House, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992)