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Presidential Election of 1828: A Resource Guide

Genl. Andrew Jackson, 1828. Protector & defender of beauty & booty, Orleans
Genl. Andrew Jackson, 1828. Protector & defender of beauty & booty, Orleans / painted by J[oseph] Wood ; engraved on steel by C.G. Childs, Philadelphia.
[Philadelphia: C.G. Childs, 1828]
1 print on wove paper: engraving with stipple; plate 22.5 x 16.4 cm.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1828, including manuscripts, broadsides and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1828 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1828 election and a selected bibliography.

1828 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
Andrew Jackson
John C. Calhoun
National Republican
John Quincy Adams
Richard Rush


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

Digital 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.

Andrew Jackson Papers

The Andrew Jackson Papers contain more than 26,000 items dating from 1767 to 1874. Included are memoranda, journals, speeches, military records, land deeds, and miscellaneous printed matter, as well as correspondence reflecting Jackson’s personal life and career as a politician, military officer, president, slave holder and property owner.

A selection of references to the 1828 presidential election includes:

  • Robert Y. Hayne to Andrew Jackson, September 3, 1828, "The people are generally greatly excited on the subject of the Tariff, but this has nothing whatever to do with the Presidential election. You are supported by the great body of the people not on account of your opinions on the Tariff, (which are known to be opposed to their own,) but because they have entire confidence in your wisdom, and integrity; and it is believed that the men now in power have obtained, and are endeavouring to retain their places by “bargain management and intrigue”, and in direct violation of the will of the people. Should Mr Adams be re-elected and should his administration continue to act on the policy of wholly disregarding the feelings and interests of the Southern States; should they push the manufacturing system, to the point of annihilating our foreign commerce, and above all, should they meddle with our Slave institutions, I would not be answerable for the consequences." [Transcription]
  • David Corbin Ker to Andrew Jackson, November 6, 1828, "I am so much delighted at the result of the election for Electors in this city, that I cannot deny myself the pleasure of communicating it to you—We have Just finished counting the votes and have a majority of eighty two—In July the rascally adherents of the administration obtained by bribery & corruption a majority of one hundred votes & calculated to a certainty on receiving in this election a majority of from two hundred & fifty to two hundred & eighty votes—but thank God they are defeated—you cannot imagine their mortification & dissappointment—they had boasted of beating you on the very field of your Glory, in sight of the plains of Chalmette; and prematurely exulted in their imaginary triumph."
  • Samuel Smith et al. to Andrew Jackson, December 4, 1828, "The Presidential election being now over, and the result, (although not yet officially declared), being perfectly understood and known to be in your favor, the undersigned, members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the U. States, beg leave to submit to your consideration the propriety of your repairing to the seat of government, so soon as your convenience will permit."
  • Robert Young Hayne to Andrew Jackson, December 18, 1828, "I trust that my delay to congratulate you, on your late great, and glorious victory, has not been imputed to any indifference on my part, in relation to that event." [Transcription]

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.

  • On February 11, 1829, the Electoral College votes for the presidential election of 1828 were counted by a joint session of Congress and reported in the Register of Debates and the House Journal.

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.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC to find prints and photographs related to the 1828 presidential election.

A selection of images from the 1828 presidential election includes:

External Web Sites

The 1828 Election: Mudslinging & Party Politics External Link

The North Carolina State Archives Web site contains excerpts from newspaper articles that discuss the 1828 presidential election.

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1828 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1828 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources: Campaign Literature

Address of the Administration Standing Committee to Their Fellow-Citizens of Indiana. n. p., 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Address to the People of Connecticut. Hartford, Conn.: Printed by J. Russell, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Address to the People of Delaware, on the Approaching Presidential Election. Dover, Del.: J. Robertson, printer, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Address of the Republican Committee of Correspondence of Philadelphia, to the People of the United States. Philadelphia: Printed by W. Stavely, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Address of the Republican General Committee of Young Men of the City and County of New-York, Friendly to the Election of Gen. Andrew Jackson to the Presidency, to the Republican Electors of the State of New-York. New York: A. Ming Jr., printer, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Address of the Republican Young Men of the Town of Galway. Ballston Spa, N.Y.: Printed by J. Comstock, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Essex Jackson Meeting. Haverhill, Mass., 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

A History of the Life and Public Services of Major General Andrew Jackson. n.p. 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings and Address of the New-Jersey State Convention, Assembled at Trenton, on the Eighth Day of January, 1828, which Nominated Andrew Jackson for President, John C. Calhoun for Vice-President, of the United States. Trenton, N.J.: Printed by J. Justice, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Proceedings of the Anti-Jackson Convention Held at the Capitol in the City of Richmond, with Their Address to the People of Virginia, Accompanied by Documents. Richmond: Franklin Press, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

The Striking Similitude between the Reign of Terror of the Elder Adams, and the Reign of Corruption, of the Younger Adams. Albany, N.Y.: Printed for the Albany Argus, by D. M’Glashan, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Truth’s Advocate and Monthly Anti-Jackson Expositor. Cincinnati: Lodge, L’Hommedieu, and Hammond, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

United States’ Telegraph--Extra. Washington, D.C.: Green & Jarvis, 1828-29. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

A Vindication of the Character and Public Services of Andrew Jackson; in Reply to the Richmond Address. Boston: True and Greene, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Child, David L. Political Extracts from a Leading Adams Paper, the Massachusetts Journal. Boston, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Jenkins, William. An Address to the Catholic Voters of Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by Lucas & Deaver, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

-----. Vindication of An address to the Catholic voters of Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by Lucas & Deaver, 1828. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Kane, John Kintzing. A Candid View of the Presidential Question. Philadelphia: Printed by W. Stavely, 1828.[Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Secondary Sources

Cole, Donald B. Vindicating Andrew Jackson: The 1828 Election and the Rise of the Two-Party System. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2009. [Catalog Record]

Parsons, Lynn H. The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. [Catalog Record]

Remini, Robert V. The Election of Andrew Jackson. Philadelphia: Lippincott 1963. [Catalog Record]

Weston, Florence. The Presidential Election of 1828. 1938; rpt. Philadelphia: Porcupine Press, 1974. [Catalog Record]

Younger Readers

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., ed. The Election of 1828 and the Administration of Andrew Jackson. Philadelphia : Mason Crest Publishers, 2003. [Catalog Record]


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 126, 216.

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