President Andrew Jackson
The election of the seventh President, Andrew Jackson, in 1828 is said to be the first modern election of our time. It was the first election where the personalities of each candidate were the issues. Mr. Jackson attacked John Adam's as "not a man of democracy" and an aristocrat. Adams attacked Jackson calling him a drunkard and pointed out that Jackson lived with his wife two years before he married her. Despite this, Jackson was a great public speaker and captured the popular vote--you could say voters voted with their heart. Between the popularity, and strategically campaigning in high electorial voting states, Jackson won the election. Jackson also promised to improve expansion westward (which won him some votes, I'm sure)--and he did--beginning an expansion that would reach it's peak over the next two presidents also. There were two major reasons which made people expand the country during Jackson's presidency the silver & gold believed to be in the areas near Mexico, and also bankers accumulated so much money from material from the west that money became inflated--which encouraged people to move west to escape this growing inflation.
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