President Andrew Jackson
The election of the seventh President, Andrew Jackson, in
1828 is said to be the first modern election of our time.
It was the first election where the personalities of each
candidate were the issues.
Mr. Jackson attacked John Adam's as "not a man of
democracy" and an aristocrat. Adams attacked Jackson
calling him a drunkard and pointed out that Jackson lived
with his wife two years before he married her. Despite
this, Jackson was a great public speaker and captured the
popular vote--you could say voters voted with their heart.
Between the popularity, and strategically campaigning in
high electorial voting states, Jackson won the election.
Jackson also promised to improve expansion westward (which
won him some votes, I'm sure)--and he did--beginning an
expansion that would reach it's peak over the next two
presidents also. There were two major reasons which made
people expand the country during Jackson's presidency the
silver & gold believed to be in the areas near Mexico, and
also bankers accumulated so much money from material from
the west that money became inflated--which encouraged
people to move west to escape this growing inflation.
Martin Van Buren
Van Buren was the next president who had to face the
horrible economic conditions began during Jackson's
presidency. In 1836 Van Buren was elected president, this
time I think voters used their heads and knew Van Buren was
the only candidate really ready to face the economic
Soon after Van Buren took over there a depression began,
This was a time when virtually everyone was poorer. Many
people blamed Van Buren for the Depression because he was
president at the time, but it wasn't really his fault. Van
Buren made a long term solution by creating "The
independent Treasury Bill", which in essence took away the
banks dominant control of the countries money. This might
seem insignificant, but helped people have more control of
there country and ultimately led to more expansion.
William H. Harrison
In the election of William H. Harrison it was again a time
when the characters of each candidate mattered. People
generally were mad at the Democrats at this time and were
looking for another president (similar with Clinton,
today). The Whigs (later known as the Republicans), used
Harrison's "War Hero" past to sell him, and said "Harrison
preferred life in a Log Cabin to the White house" (which
was very ironic, since Harrison had never been in a Log
Cabin and came from a rich family).
This election proved people could easily vote from their
heart above their head. This election is also used a lot as
a chief example of why the electorial system today doesn't
work: Under the popular vote Harrison only had 53%, but as
electorial Harrison clobbered Van Buren with 234 to 60!