First, Andrew Jackson abused the Spoil System by firing every one that was in office during Washington’s Presidency, and put his friends, family, and party loyalists into office. Andrew Jackson put people without any prior training or knowledge in this field into office (en.wikepedia.org/wiki/Andrew Jackson). This was a dangerous decision that President Jackson made and something he should not have had enough power to enforce. Jackson could put in office anyone that he wanted; there really was not any requirements since he got in as president and he did not have any form of education. (en.wikepedia.org/wiki/Andrew Jackson).
Jackson was the winner in Electoral College votes. But was not given the presidency the House of Representatives had to choose between the top two candidates because none of the candidate received majority votes in Electoral College. After losing the “corrupt bargain” presidential election of 1824, Jackson expanded upon his political base in the lower and mid-South, pulling together many strands of disaffection from around the country.( Jacksonian Democracy) Jackson successfully challenging President John Quincy Adams in 1828, Jackson’s supporters played mainly on his image as a manly warrior, framing the contest as one between Adams who could write and Jackson who could fight. Andrew Jackson was elected president 1828. Jackson began to refine the democratic politics and ideology.
Andrew Jackson, Jackson hereafter, had ulterior motives when he went about implementing the Spoils System. He wanted to employ people who were underqualified for their jobs in order to increase his power as the head of the still very new United States of America. His vendetta was to get as far ahead as he could while he was in office so as to fulfill the ideals of the Federalists, or to gain personal wealth and esteem.
Jackson based his decisions upon what he thought would most benefit himself, not the country. His cabinet was often called a “kitchen cabinet” because he appointed friends with the same political views as him to fill the positions. By doing this, he made his opinions prevail, instead of considering several different opinions. Very early into Jackson’s presidency, he had hired and fired many people. The system was called the Spoils System. Many people may argue that this is a sign of an incompetent leader because he could make a decision that he stayed with.
presidency (Marquis pg. 50). Jackson did win the popular vote, but did not gain very many electoral college vote. Henry Clay was for jackson's opponent John Quincy Adams who won the election. Jackson accepted the loss, but when clay was named secretary of state, jacksons backers didn't like what happened and they thought it was a backroom deal that became known as the “Corrupt Bargain.”
73. Andrew Jackson won a plurality of electoral votes in the election of 1824, but still lost to John Quincy Adams when the election was deferred to the House of Representatives. Jackson believed that Adams stole the election by being in cahoots with one of the house representatives. Jackson out voted Adams but since neither of them met the 130 electoral votes required to win presidency, the decision was sent to the House of Representatives. In 1828 Jackson's
Andrew Jackson's policies during his presidency affected different groups of people in many ways. The first group of people affected were the common man. Jackson was in favor of this group. He understood their struggles in life, being in the shadows of the rich and wealthy since him himself was once in their position. Jackson did various actions to help the common men get equal representation among the wealthy and higher-ups. One of these actions taken was the Spoils System. The Spoils System was a method of appointing government officials based on their political connections rather than their intelligence. Jackson rewarded his political supporters, which were those with common backgrounds, with these official positions. Another way Jackson
He enacted the tenure of office act and resulted in hiring and firing people from the cabinet which was named the spoils system. His political opponents thought that Andrew Jackson made his decisions out of his personal emotions and that he was a corrupt president hence the nickname the spoils system which arose from their critical and disrespectful attitudes. Jackson believed in breaking father to son succession in political offices hence enforced rotation of staff to reduce corruption and promote development. His strategy promoted patriotism as he granted official vacancies to those who proved they were working for the country and would do anything for it. This system opened doors to several political offices and endeavors outside the Whitehouse, which lead to the purchase of offices in various regions and political campaigns for various seats due to disinheriting the positions from father to
Jackson and the Democrats wanted to “shake up the federal bureaucracy, a system in which nonelected officials carry out laws”(TAJ, 449). By filling government positions with ordinary citizens, the government made decisions that were likely beneficial for the people. This move was considered foolish and unfair to the employees who were fired and replaced, but Andrew Jackson and his party thought otherwise. The Democrats believed that anyone was capable of handling a government job and that a “new set of federal employees would be good for democracy”(TAJ, 449). Citizens did not have to be elected to become a government official and were everyday people that others would come across on the street, which meant that they had a better understanding of what the Americans desired and what they did not desire from the government. In a way, the spoils system contributed to American democracy because it granted the common people the power to make important government decisions for their