U.S. President Andrew Jackson Reelection and Second Term

About the U.S. President Andrew Jackson, a brief history of his reelection and second presidential term.

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ANDREW JACKSON

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Reelection: Nov. 6, 1832 . . .

For the first time in American history, candidates for president and vice-president had been chosen in national nominating conventions.

The Democrats nominated Andrew Jackson for president and Martin Van Buren of New York as his running mate. John C. Calhoun had resigned from the vice-presidency several months earlier, after numerous bitter conflicts with Jackson.

The National Republicans chose Henry Clay of Kentucky for president. Clay, according to Jackson, was "without a doubt the basest, meanest scoundrel that ever disgraced the image of God." Clay's running mate was John Sergeant of Pennsylvania.

Jackson won handily, polling 688,242 votes to 473,462 for Henry Clay. In the electoral college, Jackson won 219 votes to only 49 for Clay. Two minor party candidates also received votes in the electoral college. Former Attorney General William Wirt, running on the Anti-Masonic ticket, carried Vermont and won its 7 votes; South Carolina cast its 11 votes for Independent candidate John Floyd of Virginia.

Second Term: Mar. 4, 1833 . . .

In both terms, Jackson vetoed a total of 12 bills, far more than any previous president. Most of these vetoes involved "internal improvement" bills for building roads or improving harbors. None of Jackson's vetoes was overridden by Congress.

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