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The 1822 U.S. Presidential Election saw the first vice president since John Adams to be elected president.

Nominations[]

Democratic-Republican party nomination[]

Democratic-Republican candidates

  • John Quincy Adams, Vice President of the United States from Massachusetts
  • James Barbour, President of the U.S. Senate from Virginia
  • William Lowndes, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from South Carolina
  • Nathaniel Macon, U.S. senator from North Carolina

Adams was the front-runner from the start of the race and overcame Lowndes (his strongest challenger) on the first ballot. Macon was nominated for VP.

1822 Democratic-Republican Caucus

Presidential ballot 1 Vice-presidential ballot 1
John Quincy Adams 42 Nathaniel Macon 43
William Lowndes 23 Andrew Jackson 27
James Barbour 9 James Barbour 10
Nathaniel Macon 8

General election[]

Adams was the front-runner in the north-east and the mid-atlantic while Calhoun was popular in the south and the west. In the end Adams won in the most contested race since 1801.

Results[]

Presidential candidate Party Home state Popular vote Electoral vote Running mate Running mate's home state Running mate's electoral vote
John Quincy Adams Democratic-Republican Massachusetts 189,789 (50.6%) 150 Nathaniel Macon North Carolina 150
John Caldwell Calhoun Democratic-Republican South Carolina 176,341 (46.8%) 131 Nathan Sanford New York 131
Others - - 9,856 (2.6%) 0 - - -
Total - - 375,986 (100.0%) 281 - - 281

See also[]

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