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The Rise and Fall of the American Whig PartyJacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War$
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Michael F. Holt

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161045

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161045.001.0001

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“Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession”

“Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession”

(p.635) Chapter 18 “Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession”
The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party

Michael F. Holt

Oxford University Press

On most challenges confronting Millard Fillmore's administration, Daniel Webster and Fillmore saw eye to eye. They cooperated brilliantly to extinguish the fire over the Texas-New Mexico boundary and to secure passage of the Compromise. They shared a commitment to its finality. On two matters of critical political importance, however, Webster and Fillmore parted company, so much so that Webster's portrait of unanimity was disingenuous, if not wantonly hypocritical. This patient, tolerant stance sorely exasperated Webster. Rather than conciliating anti-Compromise Whigs, he advocated total war against them. Webster lusted for the presidency. Webster, with his single-minded pursuit of the presidency during 1851, inflicted as much damage on the northern Whig party, especially in New England, as any one individual possibly could.

Keywords:   Daniel Webster, Millard Fillmore, Compromise, presidency, Whig party, New England

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