Following his victory in the disputed Election of 1824, John Quincy Adams appointed Henry Clay as Secretary of State, a position regarded as a stepping stone to the presidency; Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Adams himself had held the position. Critics speculated that Clay~ez_rsquo~s support for Adams was thus rewarded.
Jackson supporters charged Adams with corruption and labeled Clay as the "Judas of the West."
Most historians doubt that Adams solicited Clay~ez_rsquo~s support by offering him high office; that action would have been totally contrary to Adams~ez_rsquo~ nature. Adams in fact wrote in his diary on January 9, 1825, that in his discussion with Clay regarding the election, Clay had not sought personal considerations and supported Adams as a matter of principle. Nevertheless, the charge persisted and energized the Jackson forces for the Election of 1828.
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