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The Whig Party
Transcript of The Whig Party
What happened to it
The Whig party had already begun to break into sectional groups over the question of slavery. Northern Whigs were divided between the proslavery "cotton Whigs" and the antislavery "conscience Whigs". The kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 split the party still further. Most Northern Whigs joined the new Republican Party. Many Southern Whigs returned to the democratic Party. The remaining Whigs joined the Constitutional union party by 1860
By 1840, once they had learned from the democrats hot to promote their candidates through massive ralliess and a barrage of banners and slogans, the Whigs were fully
competitive with the democrats in all sections of the country. in 1840, and again in 1848, the Whigs captured the Presidency by running popular military heroes. The Party, however, was never able to legislate its economic program into practice, and its Northern anti-slavery planters and businessmen who eaded the party in the lower South.
The Whigs won the presidency with
in 1848. 4 years later, they tried to repeat the victory with
General Winfield Scott.
But the Democratic candidate,
defeated him. In 1856, a Whig convention backed the unsuccessful,
, know-nothing candidate for the presidency.
Most important leaders
In the 1840's, many new able leaders joined the party;
, editor of the New york Tribune;
William H. Seward
of New york;
, the Whigs most Brilliant orator; and
, who later became the 1st republican president.
These groups included the National Republicans, certain conservative factions of the democrats-Republican party, and some former members of the anti-Masonic party. Some of the political leaders of the Whig party included such well-know National Republicans as
John Quincy Adams
The Whig Party started in 1832
The party's reasoning's for existence
Political groups that oppose United States President Andrew Jackson and his theories