The Rise of the Whigs
How this political party came to be.
What exactly was the Whig Party though? And how did they rise up?
- The party was a combination of the old federalists, old national republicans, and those opposed to the Jacksonian government.
- Named after the antimonarchist political party in England, which was better able to stigmatize Jackson as "King Andrew".
- Much of their support came from Northern Business and Manufacturing interests and from large southern planters.
More on what the Whigs were...
Whiggery was a political philosophy in favor of:
- expanding the power of the federal government.
- encouraging industrial and commercial development (banks and corporations).
- binding the country together with a consolidated economic system.
- cautious westward expansion.
- cautious growth which would produce stability.
- a vision for America which included a republic embracing the industrial future and rising to world greatness as a commercial manufacturing power.
Whig Candidates : The "Great Triumvirate"
Lost the Election of 1836 to Jackson's successor, Martin Van Buren.