John Adams appoints Henry Clay as Secretary of State.
In the 1824 U.S. presidential election, no candidate received a majority of the electoral votes. This is where John Adams appoints Henry Clay as Secretary of State. Basically one man wins, one helped him win, and one storms out all pissed. The loser was Andrew Jackson who raged.
Important because some people (obviously Jackson and supporters) saw this as corrupt and cheap whereby Henry Clay supported Adams in the House vote in return for the office of secretary of state.
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