Around the 1800s, two men were fighting over the presidency: Andrew Jackson versus John Quincy Adams. Both had their ups and downs, and they were completely different in many ways.
John Quincy Adams was the first of the two to win the presidency, even though they ran at the same times. Born in Braintree, MA to John and Abigail Adams in 1767. He traveled with his father on most of the diplomatic missions his dad was sent on. In all that traveling he became a master linguist, and later used it to his advantage. Between trips he was tutored under his older cousin and his dad’s clerk. After he wrote a series of articles defending Washington’s new bill to keep the US out of foreign wars, Washington appointed him as Diplomat to the Netherlands like his dad at age 26. While he was there, he translated Virgil, Horace, Plutarch, and Aristotle on his free time. After serving his term, he was again appointed to a foreign country for his excellent performance in the first one; this time it was Portugal he was sent off to. After getting back from there he wanted to retire from public service but was nominated for Presidency instead. When the elections ran, there ended up being a three way tie between him, his opponent Andrew Jackson, and Henry Clay. Clay knew he wasn’t going to win, so he brought over his supporters to Adams’ side, because they had the same ideas about America. Thus, Adams beat Jackson, and Jackson played the sore loser; he said a “corrupt bargain” took place between Adams and Clay. He said an evidence of it was that Clay was appointed to the Secretary of State position when Adams won the election, and he may have been right. Nobody knows exactly what happened. Jackson then spent the next four years making absolutely sure that he would win the next election. Adams, in the meantime, supported internal developments to America, like the C&O Canal, new roads, and irrigation additions. To create revenue to do these monstrous things, he imposed high tariffs on exported goods, and this made him a little less popular. He aided civil rights and fought all the laws he thought were not good, and became known as Old Man Eloquent for his speeches. When he ran for the second term, though, he lost to Jackson. Even though he lost to Jackson, he kept serving in Congress for the last seventeen years of his life, even after a stroke that nearly cost him his life. He served quite literally to the end; he died of a second, more severe stroke while he was in Congress in 1848.
While Adams served in congress, Andrew Jackson was the president. Born March 15, 1767, three weeks after his dad died, he grew up out on the edge of North/South Carolina, with very little education and raised under his uncles. He grew up under the care of his uncles after serving as a courier in the Revolutionary War and losing his entire remaining family to the British. When he got old enough, he studied law in Salisbury and set up a practice in Jonesborough, Tennessee. After serving in the War of 1812, he got the nickname “Old Hickory” for his stubbornness in battle. After the war, he was elected to the House of Representatives as a representative for the new state of Tennessee. He was then elected to the Senate, but he turned it down, and went to the Tennessee Supreme Court instead. After a time serving there, he was nominated for the presidency at the same time as Adams, and he lost because of Clay’s supposed trick. He spent the next four years making sure he’d win the next one, and win he did. After he won, he got the nickname “King Mob” for inviting the whole public to the White House Ball at his election party. As president, he opposed Government deficit spending, and shut down the government bank for a time, and then managed to be the only president in US history to pay off all the Government deficit spending. The way he controlled government with the power of the veto is now called Jacksonian Democracy and using the veto he blocked all kinds of spending bills. He served two terms, fighting deficit spending altogether and fraudulent government banking. When his presidency was over, he retired to his three adopted kids; his wife had died two months before his inauguration. He died of lead poisoning from two bullets remaining in his chest for several years. He died on June 8, 1845, at the age of 78.
Both of these fabulous presidents made massive improvements to the American country, and though Jackson’s payoff is still not in effect today, he set a great example for other presidents to follow today. Adams’ road, canal, and irrigation improvements are still in effect today, and make transportation much faster. So even though they were complete opposites in many respects they both got good things done.