The Election of 1828
The election of 1828 was won by Andrew Jackson, one of the dirtiest campaigns. Adams accused Jackson for misusing public funds, murder, and he and his wife was accused for adultery. But by getting supported by professional political organization and organizers he won the election. For the first time in American History, a presidential election was focus of public attention, and voter participation increased dramatically. Twice as many voters cast ballots in the election of 1828 as in 1824, four times as many as in 1820. The voter participation increased because Andrew Jackson changed the voting rights. George Washington thought that the Government should be separated from the people. And people who owned land, white, male, and Christian should vote for the President. But Andrew Jackson supported the “common man”. By convincing many Americans that their votes mattered, and won 647,000 to 507,000 votes (178-83 in Electoral College.). Jackson also opened the White House public—after the election and invited everyone including lower class people. Andrew Jackson is one of the founders of Democracy.