Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER I.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS BECOMES PRESIDENT.

THE TENTH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION--A POLITICAL BARGAIN--ELEC-
TION OF PRESIDENT--A SCENE IN THE HOUSE--INAUGURATION OF J.
Q. ADAMS--THE ADAMS ADMINISTRATION--THE MISTRESS OF THE
WHITE HOUSE--THE PRESIDENT'S PRIVATE SECRETARY--SOCIAL LIFE
AT THE WHITE HOUSE--PRESIDENT ADAMS' DAILY LIFE--HENRY
CLAY AS SECRETARY OF STATE--THE RIVAL CANDIDATES--THE
DEATH OF TWO EX-PRESIDENTS.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS was elected President of the United States by the House of Representatives on February 9th, 1825. At the tenth popular election for President, during the previous autumn, there had been four candidates: Andrew Jackson, then a Senator from Tennessee, who received ninety-nine electoral votes; John Quincy Adams, of Massachusetts, then Secretary of State under President Monroe, who received eighty-four electoral votes; William H. Crawford, of Georgia, then Secretary of the Treasury, who received forty-one electoral votes, and Henry Clay, of Kentucky, then Speaker of the House of Representatives, who received thirty-seven electoral votes-- in all two hundred and sixty-one electoral votes. As neither candidate had received the requisite majority of one hundred and thirty-one electoral votes, the election of a President devolved upon the House of Representatives, in which body each State would have one vote. As the Constitution required that the choice of the

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