Election of 1832

The campaign in 1832 was dominated the so-called "Bank War" over the rechartering of the Second Bank of the United States and was notable for being the first in which the candidates were chosen by national nominating conventions; that task had previously been carried out by Congressional caucuses, state legislatures or non-representative political meetings.

Henry Clay found that support for the National Republicans was largely confined to New England, his home state of Kentucky and some areas in the Mid-Atlantic states. He attempted to bolster his position by selecting an official of the Bank of the United States as his running mate. The incumbent Jackson selected the reliable Martin Van Buren; his previous vice president, John C. Calhoun, was in disfavor and had resigned.

The Anti-Masonic Party attracted little attention outside of New York state and some portions of New England, but did manage to weaken Clay by siphoning off a number of anti-Jackson votes.

Jackson's smashing victory in 1832 spelled the end for both the National-Republican and Anti-Masonic parties. They would later be reconstituted and join in the formation of the Whig Party.

Election of 1832


Electoral Vote


Andrew Jackson (TN)
Martin Van Buren (NY)

Democratic Republican



Henry Clay (KY)
John Sergeant (PA)

National Republican



John Floyd (VA)
Henry Lee (MA)



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William Wirt (MD)
Amos Ellmaker (PA)




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