Before becoming President, Jackson’s national reputation stemmed mainly from his military exploits (ex. victory over the Creeks, New Orleans). In 1824, he ran for President but lost in the House of Representatives to Quincy Adams due to what he called the “corrupt bargain.” During Adams’ presidency, his supporters began calling themselves the Democratic party and associating Jackson with the common man. His campaigns greatly shaped modern day politics. In 1828, he led a decisive victory against Adams. Jackson believed that he had to use presidential power in the name of the people. He denounced the bank, criticized the nullification controversy, forced Indian removal, and proposed that the national government should not infringe on states’ rights (which according to him included the job of implementing internal improvements). During his presidency, the Whig party also formed, a group of people who disapproved of his policies. After serving for two terms, Jackson’s reign ended in 1832 when Van Buren was elected.