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Presidential Election of 1824: A Resource Guide

John Quincy Adams, President of the United States
John Quincy Adams, President of the United States / painted by T. Sully ; eng. by A.B. Durand.
[Philadephia] : Published Oct. 6, 1826 by W.H. Morgan, Philada., c1826 Oct. 6 ; Printed by B. Rogers, Phila.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1824, including manuscripts, broadsides, political cartoons, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1824 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1824 election and a selected bibliography.

1824 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
John Quincy Adams *
Andrew Jackson
William H. Crawford
Henry Clay

* No candidate received a majority of the Electoral College vote. John Quincy Adams was elected president by the House of Representatives on February 9, 1825.


Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

American Memory Historical Collections

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection consists of published congressional records of the United States of America from 1774 to 1875.

The James Madison Papers, 1723 - 1836

The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images.

In this letter, James Madison discusses the constitutional role of the House of Representatives in selecting the president.

Words and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years

In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff selected approximately 90 representative documents spanning from the fifteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

Henry Clay used his influence to help deliver the vote of Kentucky's congressional delegation to John Quincy Adams. When Clay was subsequently appointed to the first place in Adams's cabinet--secretary of state--the Andrew Jackson camp raised the cry of "corrupt bargain."

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Images from the 1824 presidential election:

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1824 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1824 presidential election.

The Presidential Election of 1824: The Election is in the House

The EDSITEment Web site, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, contains three lesson plans on the presidential election of 1824.

Teaching With Documents: Tally of the 1824 Electoral College Vote

The National Archives Web site presents teaching activities related to the 1824 Electoral College vote that are correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources: Campaign Literature

An Address to the People of Maryland, on the Subject of the Presidential Election. n. p., 1824? [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

An Address to the Citizens of North-Carolina, on the Subject of the Presidential Election. Raleigh, Bell & Lawrence, printers, 1823. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

An Address to the People of Ohio, on the Important Subject of the Next Presidency. Cincinnati, Looker & Reynolds, printers, 1824. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Presidential Election. Richmond, 1823. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Sketch of the Life of John Quincy Adams; Taken from the Port Folio of April, 1819. To Which are Added, the Letters of Tell: Originally Addressed to the Editor of the Baltimore American. Respectfully Submitted to the Serious Consideration of Those Freeholders of Virginia, Who Desire to Exercise the High Privelege of Voting for a President of the United States at the Approaching Election. S.l.: s.n., 1824. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Some Objections to Mr. Crawford as a Candidate for the Presidential Chair. n.p., 1823. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Some Reasons Why the Votes of the State of New-York, Ought to be Given to Henry Clay, for President of the United States. Respectfully Addressed to the Members of the New-York Legislature... n. p., 1824. [Full Text] External Link

Cassius, pseud. An Examination of Mr. Calhoun’s Economy and an Apology for those Members of Congress who have been Denounced as Radicals. n. p., 1823. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Crane, Isaac Watts. Address Delivered Before the Jackson Convention of Delegates. Philadelphia, 1824. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Fuller, Timothy. The Election of President of the United States, Considered. Boston, Printed by True and Greene, 1823. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Philo-Jackson, pseud. The Presidential Election. Frankfort, 1824. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Wyoming, pseud. The Letters of Wyoming, to the People of the United States, on the Presidential Election. Philadelphia, S. Simpson & J. Conrad, 1824. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 125, 215.


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