Origins of the Whig Party

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APPENDIX

The following maps showing the relative strength of parties in the presidential elections of 1832, 1836, and 1840 require explanation in regard to apparent omissions as well as to their significance. Although based upon county returns, county lines have not been shown within areas of the same political complection. Important omissions appear in the map for the election of 1832 in the southern states as a result of the absence of data. In South Carolina the presidential electors were chosen then as well as in the two later elections by the state legislature. They were elected in Georgia on a state-wide ticket, but the returns indicate a majority for the Jackson electors of sixty to seventy-five percent. Although the vote was taken by counties in Alabama and Missouri, the relative unimportance of the vote in these States and their situation on the frontier explain in part the failure of contemporary statisticians to record their returns. The total vote in Alabama was said to be approximately twenty thousand, and of these the Jackson ticket was credited with a majority of sixty to seventy-five percent.1 The counties in Missouri which reported numerical majorities with few exceptions gave a large Democratic vote.2 In Vermont and Massachusetts the Anti-Masons ran their own lists of presidential electors, but their vote has been combined with that of the National Republicans as being in the main sympathetic with their political aims.

A comparison of the maps for 1832 and 1836 demonstrates, more clearly for the northern than for the southern states, the succession of the Whig from the National Republican party. Approval of Jackson's policies was

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1
Matthias Benjamin, The Politician's Register ( Philadelphia, 1835), pp. 76ff.
2
St. Louis Republican, November 20, 1832.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I - John Quincy Adams and the National Republican Party 1
  • Chapter II - The Campaign of 1832 29
  • Chapter III - The Crisis of 1833 71
  • Chapter IV - Party Strategy and New Leadership 118
  • Chapter V - Expediency Versus Consistency 171
  • Conclusions 221
  • Bibliography 228
  • Index 239
  • Appendix 259
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