Electoral Debacle, ergo Congress Elects John Quincy Adams
Next in our scandal series: Wait… John Quincy Adams didn’t get the most votes, but still became the president of the USA?
In the election of 1824, Andrew Jackson easily won the popular vote but failed to gain enough electoral votes. In backroom deals that were considered corrupt then and now, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams to the office of president. Jackson railed against the election results for the next four years, when he ran again and won.
Do you remember any other presidents who didn’t win the popular vote?