Chapter

“The Whigs Are in High Spirits”

Michael F. Holt

in The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161045
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849635 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161045.003.0007
“The Whigs Are in High Spirits”

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Even though the issues and contestants changed during the 1844 election campaign, most Whigs voiced continual certitude about their triumph. “Everywhere the Whigs are confident”, Gustavus Henry, a Whig presidential elector in Tennessee, cheered while stumping the state in July. Only two days before the presidential balloting a Philadelphian gushed, “The Whigs are in high spirits and fully expect to get the state of Pennsylvania, and to elect Henry Clay”. All these Whigs rejoiced that fate had now given them another opportunity to vindicate “the justness of their cause” and the charismatic leader who best personified the party's principles and the frustrating struggle to establish them. If superior men and superior policies were ever going to prevail, if right and justice were ever to triumph, the Whig party believed, 1844 had to be the year. Defeat was, quite literally, unthinkable.

Keywords: election campaign; Whig party; Gustavus Henry; Tennessee; Pennsylvania; Henry Clay; presidential election

Chapter.  25569 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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