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Which president lost a presidential election before he won one?

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November 08, 2007 11:26PM

Andrew Jackson lost to John Q. Adams before winning a presidency He lost (in the House of Representatives) in 1824 but won in 1828 Previously, Thomas Jefferson had lost in 1796 and won in 1800. Subsequently, William Henry Harrison lost in 1836 but won in 1840, and Richard Nixon lost in 1960 but won in 1968. In addition, Grover Cleveland won in 1884, lost in 1888 then won again in 1892.