Westward Extension, 1841-1850

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CHAPTER IX ( 1843-1844)
THE ELECTION OF 1844

T HE question of the annexation of Texas was now before the people. Whig success in the approaching election would certainly postpone it, with what further effect on the movement none could say; while a victory for the Democrats would insure renewed agitation of the subject and very likely the consummation of the policy. As the politicians turned their faces to the future and began to forecast results, they were evidently much in the dark; local sentiment in Massachusetts or in South Carolina they could judge with sufficient assurance, but what the composite verdict would be they could not tell. In 1840 the Whigs had swept the field; but the disorganization that came in the quarrel with Tyler made their triumph little better than defeat. The congressional elections of 1842 changed their majority of about forty in the lower House to one of more than seventy for the Democrats.1 The signs of the times then pointed strongly to a Democratic victory in 1844 as complete as that

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Niles' Register, LXV., 213.

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