THIS STUDY was first prepared under the direction of Professor U. B. Phillips and Professor C. H. Van Tyne and was accepted by the Graduate School of the University of Michigan in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy. Additional material has since been incorporated, and it is largely new in form.
The author's tasks have been materially lightened by the work of other laborers in fields allied to his own. Professor A. C. Cole monograph, The Whig Party in the South, was particularly helpful in this respect, for it made unnecessary an exhaustive study of the party's fortunes in that section. Little more than a beginning, however, has been made in tracing the history of the Whig party within the various states.
Material assistance was rendered in the course of the author's researches and in the preparation of their results. My colleagues, Professors W. T. Laprade and W. K. Boyd, have kindly read the manuscript, and many a rough passage has been smoothed as a result of their stimulating criticisms. Professor Laprade has undertaken the arduous task of seeing the manuscript through