1828 Federal Election

Date: From 1828-07-09 to 1829-10-05

Believing the "corrupt bargain" between Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams had lost him the 1824 election, Andrew Jackson built a strong following during the ensuing four years and campaigned hard against Adams in 1828. The result was a convincing victory for Jackson, with Adams only carrying most of the northeast. In the vice presidential election, John C. Calhoun won with a large majority, as he had in 1824.

In Congress, Jackson's nascent Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and maintained control of the Senate while the Anti-Masonic party made its first appearance with five representatives.

Daniel Feller, The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815-1840 (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 70-75; H. W. Brands, Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times (New York: Random House, 2005), 389-405.