On This Day…

Jackson Wins the Vote, But Loses the Presidency…..

February 9, 1825…..

The U.S. House of Representative chooses John Quincy Adams as president, even though Andrew Jackson had defeated Adams in both the electoral and popular vote. In the presidential election Jackson, had won 99 electoral votes and 41.36% of the popular vote versus Adams with 84 electoral votes and 30.92% of the popular vote, with the remaining going to other candidates. However, since Jackson didn’t have the required majority, the election was turned over to the House of Representatives as per the 12th Amendment. On February 9, 1825, they chose Adams making him President. This infuriated Jackson supporters since Jackson had won both the electoral vote and popular vote.