December 01, 2016

Today in History: U.S. presidential election thrown to House of Representatives (1824)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On Dec. 1, 1824, the U.S. presidential election was thrown right through the Electoral College, where nobody got a majority, and into the House of Representatives, which chose the guy who didn’t come first in the popular or Electoral College vote, John Quincy Adams.

But democracy was not destroyed in the process.

America’s elaborate institutions to prevent chaos put a curb on popular passions but the people still had the final word, and in 1828 put the rowdy populist Andrew Jackson in the White House firmly and decisively.

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commented 2016-12-02 16:34:32 -0500
In league with Jill Stein, the Democrats are trying to steal the election by recount.
commented 2016-12-02 12:34:04 -0500
PROFESSOR ROBSON , wow ! , I did’nt know that !
commented 2016-12-02 11:32:54 -0500
John Robson is quickly becoming my favorite segment.
commented 2016-12-01 21:58:42 -0500
Very interesting and Timely – seeing how the Dems are trying to upset the popular vote by intimidating electors .