The Whig Party in Pennsylvania - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER I
THE PERIOD OF SUBORDINATION 1834-1838.

A marked characteristic of the American people has been their tendency to form combinations for the purpose of attaining a particular end. In no phase of their social activities has this tendency been more noticeable than in the conduct of political affairs. Political agitation never has failed to attract attention, but after the disappearance of the Federalist party interest in the maintenance of party organization waned. For a short period of time organized national political parties ceased to exist. Gradually in national politics new leaders with large personal followings appeared; from these groups new political parties were to come. Of these leaders Andrew Jackson appealed particularly to the untutored laboring man, mechanic and farmer. In the presidential election of 1824 opposition to him in Pennsylvania was hardly worth the name.1 In the election of 1828 he carried the state by an overwhelming majority. Prior to the election of 1832 two political organizations opposed to Andrew Jackson had been formed with branches in the state. In 1829 the Anti-Masonic party developed strength in the counties of the interior. In Philadelphia

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In 1824 Jackson had been nominated by two conventions in Pennsylvania, the one said to be Federalist and the other Democratic; Sargent, Public Men and Events, vol. i, p. 41.

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