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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 01, 1912, Image 8

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A) , define'd nartie"s. Three' nooular leaders divided the vote of the
south. They were Andrew Jackson of Tennessee, Henry Clay. of
Kentucky, and William H. Crawfqrd of Georgia. "
Adams had the solid support of New England and New York
and picked up- a few more votes in the border states. The electoral
college voted as follows:
Total vote, 261. Necessary to choice, 131. Andrew Jackson,
99; John Quincy Adams, 84; W. H. Crawford, 41; Henry Clay, 37.
There was, of course, no choice. Clay was eliminated by the
provision of the constitution which confined the choice to the three'
highest on the list, but Clay, as the most popular man in the house
of representatives, found himself in the position of president maker.
He was friendly to Crawford, but Crawford was in precapous
health, suffering from a stroke of paralysis. John C. Calhoun had
been chosen vice'president by a vote of 182 in the eelctoral college.
Clay didn't want to make -Calhoun president, as he would have
done by electing the sick man, Crawford, to the presidency. Strong
ly opposed to Jackson, also, he threw his influence to Adams.
The houseof representatives, voting by states, decided as fol
lows: Adams, 13; Jackson, 7; Crawford, 4.
What a howl went up ! They didn't have steam rollers in those
days, but they knew all about "deals" and "dickers," and it was
hotly charged that Adams and Clay had disposed of the presidency ..
in a disreputable bargain. The charge was npt dissipated when
President Adams promptly made Henry Clay his secretary of state.
John Randolph of Roanolce denounced what he called "this al
liance between the Puritan and the Blackleg." Adams, one of the
most conscientious of men, did ndt enjoy the situation worth a cent. -
It would not be strange at all if the history of the presidential
election of 4824 should be repeated in 1912. There certainly is some
prospect that the electoral college will fail to produce the required
majority, which is only another sign of the much predicted "Demo
cratic year."
interestinglocaTnews items
- Ferdinand O. Baumann, presi
dent of the F. O. Baumann Man
ufacturing Company, shot and
killed himself at his home, 530
Hawthorne place, this morning.
25 Chinamen arrested in gam
bling raid in basement of laundry,
2129 Archer av, .'
Well-dressed youth, about 22,
rented room from Mrs. Emma
Eschert, 1029 La Salle av., and
later disappeared. Also did $30
worth of jewelry. '
Wilbert Lyons, 5, 475Q S.
Marshfield av., killed by Ashland
av. car W. 48th st. No arrests
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