The Whig Political Party

     The Whig Political Party was started in the 1830’s. The party was created by Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. The Whigs had many views the Democrats did not. The Whig party is important for everyone to know about because it had two well-established creators, had views that were different from everyone at the time, and four of our presidents belonged to this party.

     The Whig party was created by Henry Clay and Daniel Webster to contradict the Democrats. The Whig party was against the democrats. History.com explains,”In 1834 political opponents of President Andrew Jackson organized a new party to contest Jacksonian Democrats nationally and in the states.” Many people today belong to the democratic party so it is important to know who opposed them and why.  Henry Clay helped found the Whig party. History.com introduces Clay as,”Leader of the Whig party and five times an unsuccessful presidential candidate, Henry Clay (1777-1852) played a central role on the stage of national politics for over forty years.” Henry Clay played a part in our politics and that helped him to create the Whig party. Daniel Webster was the other creator of the Whig party. History.com states,”American statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852) earned fame for his staunch support of the federal government and his skills as an orator.” Daniel Webster was an important figure in our government at his time which led to him starting the Whig party. Not only did the Whig party have two strong founders, they also had many political stands that were unique for its time.

     The Whig party stood for protective tariffs, national banking and federal aid for internal improvement. A protective tariff was meant to set a tax on imports and goods. Dictionary.com defines this as ,” a tariff levied on imports to protect the domestic economy rather than to raise revenue.” The Whig party wanted to put a tax on goods. National Banking is  meant to create a banking system. Encyclopedia.com explains,”The National Bank Act of 1863 was designed to create a national banking system, float federal war loans, and establish a national currency.” The Whig party wanted to float federal war loans which is what some people wanted. The Whig party also supported federal funding. Encyclopedia.com explains that this was when,”…nineteenth century Congress passed many acts for the purpose of creating internal improvements, a term that refers to federally funded public works such as building roads or digging canals.” The Whig party supported federal funding and it is important to know they wanted to improve public places like parks.

     Not only did the Whig party stand for these things, but four of our presidents were a part of this party. Our four presidents that were a part of the Whig party are William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore along with Abraham lincoln who was shortly a part of this party. Four of our presidents belonged to the Whig party. Presidentsusa.net lists, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore as the presidents that belonged to the Whig party.  Four of the leaders of our country belonged to the Whig party. Enchantedlearning.com states that,”The President and Vice-President are elected every four years. They must be at least 35 years of age, they must be native-born citizens of the United States, and they must have been residents of the U.S. for at least for 14 years.” Each of the Whig presidents was in office for four years which meant altogether the Whig party was in office for sixteen years. Abraham Lincoln was a part of the Whig party. Biography.com sates,”He was the lone Whig from the state of Illinois, showing party loyalty, but finding few political allies.” Abraham Lincoln had a big impact on history and was a part of the Whig party. 1.8 percent of all of all of our presidents belonged to the Whig party.
     

     The Whig party was created by Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. They stood for things many did not during its time. Four out of all forty five of our U.S presidents belonged to this party. The Whig party left an impression on history by standing out.

 

 

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