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

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/9780195161045.003.0018
“Webster Is Now Engaged in Strenuous Efforts to Secure the Succession”

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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

Chapter.  21082 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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