United States History Question of the Day
Answer and Explanation


Election of 1824

Election of 1824 Results
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
Question 0101123:

Which of the following statements about the election of 1824 is accurate?

    (A)   Henry Clay was elected vice-president
    (B)   Andrew Jackson finished second in the popular vote, but had the most number of electors
    (C)   John Quincy Adams was elected president though he finished second in both the popular and electoral votes
    (D)   this was the first time the election decision was made in the House of Representatives
    (E)   Jackson responded to the final election results with grace and a call for patriotic unity

Answer: 

C) John Quincy Adams was elected president though he finished second in both the popular and electoral votes

Explanation: In what became known as the "Corrupt Bargain" election, Adams was elected president when no candidate earned the required 50% +1 of the electoral votes. Clay threw his support to Adams, was named Secretary of State, and earned Jackson's lifelong enmity. The House of Representatives chooses the president when the electoral college is unable to do so. This was the second time this occurred, the first being during the election of 1800.

Teachers & Students:
Year-long Question of the Day schedule.
Interested in a great source for U.S. history primary sources and lesson plans? Visit the NEH Edsitement page.
You can also visit the U.S. History Resources website to find other aids for students and teachers, including lectures, charts, links, and short quizzes.

If you would like to unsubscribe from this list, please send an email with the subject "Unsubscribe."