Jackson’s first elections for president happened in 1824, he was the man representing new America and his opponents were the representatives of the old time: Henry Clay, William Crawford, and John Quincy Adams. At that time he received most of the votes, but, despite this fact, the House of Representatives were the one to select the president, because nobody from the candidates received the needed absolute maximum in the board of election. So the presidency went to Adams.
Jackson once again challenged Adams in the election for the president in 1828. That was the time when Andrew travelled around for the election campaign by visiting places near New Orleans.
In the elections of 1828, Jackson won an unequivocal victory. For the first time since 1800, the acting President lost a re-election. Jackson received 178 votes against 83 votes for Adams.
After being elected, Andrew Jackson was the president of the U.S. for two terms, till 1837. During the re-election, Jackson received 219 votes against 49 votes for his rival Henry Clay.
In the first message to the Congress, Jackson called on members of parliament to democratic reforms in order to give political power to the will of people. He offered to carry out popular elections of senators. It was adopted in the Constitution only 80 years later.
Since taking office the president replaced more than two thousand federal officials with his political supporters. It was a progressive step at the time that contributed to the deepening of American democracy.
Jackson is considered the founder of spoil system, a practice of formation of the state apparatus according to party principle.
President Jackson advocated democratization of the electoral system, legalization of the activities of the workers’ organizations, but was opposed to the liberation of black slaves.
Jackson’s administration gave tacit consent to the illegal seizure of lands of the Cherokee Indians in Georgia, followed by the expulsion of the Indians, who refused to leave their land voluntarily, on the Trail of Tears.
The aggravation of the political struggle during the tenure of Jackson as president contributed to the consolidation of the Democratic Party. The opposition created Whig party in response. Thus, the design of modern two-party system has begun in the United States. Jackson was concentrated on middle class white men and poor people, creating feeling of nationalism among these groups.
Jackson’s first elections for president happened in 1824, he was the man representing new America and his opponents were the representatives of the old time: Henry Clay, William Crawford, and John Quincy Adams.