Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Tennessee professor to speak at MU on 1824 ‘election gone wrong’

Daniel Feller, Ph.D., is second speaker in Amicus Curiae fall lecture series

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Daniel Feller, Ph.D., the Betty Lynn Hendrickson Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Amicus Curiae Lecture Series at Marshall University.

Feller’s lecture, titled The People’s Will Denied? Backroom Politics And The Election Of 1824, is the second in the Amicus Curiae fall 2012 series. It starts at 7 p.m. in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus, and is free to the public.

Feller will discuss the presidential election of 1824, which was decided in the U.S. House of Representatives, where John Quincy Adams was elected president, despite not having won the popular vote.  His discussion will focus on issues relevant to the current political environment while applying lessons learned from that contested election.

“It will be fun to talk about an ‘election gone wrong’ that happened long enough ago to allow us to be entertained while learning about how and why the U.S. President came to be chosen by the House of Representatives and the political context that led to and resulted from the situation,” said Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy. “We are particularly lucky to have Dan Feller to teach us.  He is not only an award-winning history professor, he is also the director of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Jacksonian America.  Dr. Feller was the senior academic adviser for the PBS documentary Andrew Jackson:  Good, Evil and the Presidency, and he brings extraordinary depth to what promises to be an entertaining and educational discussion.”

Feller also is the editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson. His book, The Jacksonian Promise, 1815-1840, was published in 1995.

The Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) series is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, and supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

For more information on Feller’s appearance at MU, contact Proctor at 304-696-2801.


For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
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