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1828 United States presidential election in South Carolina

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United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1828

← 1824 October 31 – December 2, 1828 1832 →
Andrew Jackson.jpg
Nominee Andrew Jackson
Party Democratic
Home state Tennessee
Running mate John C. Calhoun
Electoral vote 11

President before election

John Quincy Adams

Elected President

Andrew Jackson

The 1828 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between October 31 and December 2, 1828, as part of the 1828 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 11 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

South Carolina cast 11 eleven electoral votes for the Democratic candidate, Andrew Jackson. These electors were elected by the South Carolina General Assembly, the state legislature, rather than by popular vote.[1]

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After the controversial result of the 1824 election, Jackson and his supporters were determined to win in 1828. How did the election play out? The 1828 presidential election was a rematch of the 1824 contest between Andrew Jackson and John Q. Adams. As the Democratic-Republican Party split apart after the Election of 1824, Jackson’s supporters formed the Democratic Party to support Jackson’s candidacy. Many of Adams’ supporters referred to themselves as National Republicans. Much like in 1824, Jackson was supported by a nationwide grassroots movement that increased the public’s involvement in the political process. In what is often referred to as the first “modern” presidential campaign, Jackson’s supporters dubbed him as a war hero who had been born poor and rose to wealth and fame through patriotism, valor, and hard work. Many saw Jackson as a champion capable of crushing the aristocrats, fighting corruption in DC, and restoring honor to the government. The Election of 1828 is regarded as one of the most malicious presidential campaigns in history. Jackson’s supporters painted Adams, a Harvard graduate and son of a former president, as being out of touch with the “common man”. Jacksonians branded Adams as a corrupt elitist and an aristocrat who wanted to increase the size and power of government to benefit the ruling class. In turn, Adams’ supporters claimed that Jackson was bloodthirsty, ill-mannered, hot-tempered, and not equipped to be president. Supporters of Adams insisted that Jackson would become a military tyrant and use the presidency to fulfill Napoleonic ambitions of power. The supporters of Adams brought out all of the stops in their case to destroy Jackson’s reputation. During the campaign, they brought up his various duels and brawls, his harsh disciplining of troops (including executing deserters), and his use of martial law in New Orleans. They also criticized his close friendship with Aaron Burr (who had killed Alexander Hamilton and been arrested for treason) and the number of times he had overstepped his authority as a commander (particularly his invasions of Spanish-held Florida). While these attacks were troubling, by far the most hateful mudslinging of the campaign came in the form of Adams’ supporters attacking Andrew’s wife, Rachel. In the eyes of the law, Rachel was a bigamist, and Andrew and Rachel had committed adultery by marrying before her first marriage was legally terminated. Many of Adams’ supporters used this to declare that Jackson was morally unfit to hold the office of the presidency. In the end, none of the attempts to ruin Jackson’s reputation could dent the general’s popularity. He captured 56 percent of the vote and received 178 electoral votes to Adams’ 83. Jackson won New York and Pennsylvania, along with the entire South and West. Jackson became the first president elected from west of the Appalachian Mountains, and he received a record number of popular votes in doing so. Jackson’s supporters declared that the overwhelming victory was a win for the common people and that it served as a clear repudiation of both John Q. Adams and “corrupt bargain” politics. Jackson’s victory became known as the “Revolution of 1828” and was seen as a triumph over the upper-class politicians who had run the country for so long. Despite the sense of vindication Jackson felt in defeating Adams, his joy was short-lived. The vicious campaign had taken a toll on Rachel, draining her emotionally and physically. Rachel did not enjoy controversy or attention and likely believed that her past served as a burden to her husband’s campaign. She also despised the social circles of Washington and possibly even questioned her worthiness to serve as First Lady. During the campaign, Rachel fell gravely ill. After Jackson’s victory in the November election, her health seemed to be recovering, but on December 22, 1828, Rachel collapsed and died, likely due to a heart attack. Jackson laid his wife to rest at the Hermitage two days later. Grief-stricken, he remained by her graveside until the last possible moment before departing for Washington. After his inauguration, hundreds of people followed the new president to the White House where a reception was to take place on the front lawn. As the crowd grew larger, the partygoers overwhelmed the police officers who were on hand to maintain order. When Jackson attempted to retire for the evening, the crowd pursued him into the White House. The mob would not be deterred, and revelers crawled in through windows and climbed on furniture with muddy boots in hopes of catching a glimpse of the new president. They spilled pails of liquor on the floor, busted expensive china and glasses, and spat tobacco juice on the carpet. The crowd eventually became such a threat to Jackson’s safety that a barrier of friends had to form a human shield around the president and cart him away to safety.


United States presidential election in South Carolina, 1828[2]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Andrew Jackson 11
Totals 11


  1. ^ "1828 Presidential General Election Results". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  2. ^ "1828 Presidential Electoral Vote Count". U.S. Election Atlas. Retrieved 13 April 2013.

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