The Democratic Machine, 1850-1854

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MONTH after month, back and forth over the broad land the conflict raged. One day the advantage was with one commander, the next and it was gone. As time wore on the forces became more and more closely balanced and victory seemed impossible to any. But away, beyond the battle lines a group of guerilla chieftains were planning to step in and seize the fruits of the conflict from the hands of the warworn leaders. New England had entertained bright hopes of having one of her sons in the White House. The death of Woodbury had shattered that dream. Now her leaders must look elsewhere for a candidate. To many Butler of Kentucky appeared to be the best presidential timber, and the ex-Woodbury leaders began to make plans for endorsing him. As New England's representative they were desirous of nominating the Vice-President in the person of one of Woodbury's disciples, Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire, a man who though young had been the recipient of many political gifts. Handsome, engaging and a good speaker, to him, the son of one of New Hampshire's governors and Revolutionary heroes, honour came easily. His pleasing personality and his father's name had carried him to the legislature of New Hampshire, to Congress, and to the Senate. But one fault, however, had cut short his career at the capital. An inherited weakness for alcohol had made it necessary for him to leave the convivial center of riotous politics, and in 1842 he had resigned his seat in


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