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The Country Grows Larger. 1841-1859. The Election of 1840. Martin “Van Ruin” looses in a landslide Tippecanoe & Tyler too New campaign methods Parades Leaflets B illboards The Whigs win!. A Short Presidency. Harrison gives the longest inaugural speech in history

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The country grows larger

The Country Grows Larger

1841-1859


The election of 1840

The Election of 1840

  • Martin “Van Ruin” looses in a landslide

  • Tippecanoe & Tyler too

  • New campaign methods

    • Parades

    • Leaflets

    • Billboards

  • The Whigs win!


A short presidency

A Short Presidency

  • Harrison gives the longest inaugural speech in history

  • He gets sick and dies 32 days later

  • The country is stunned

  • The Whigs have a problem on their hands: the Vice President


John tyler

John Tyler

  • John Tyler becomes our 10th President

  • A strong minded Virginian aristocrat

  • Battles with his own party

  • Few accomplishments during his presidency


Election of 1844

Election of 1844

  • James Polk: Dark horse candidate from Tennessee in 1844

  • Campaigns on theme of Manifest Destiny

  • Slogan: 54-40 or fight

  • Polk defeats Henry Clay


Ongoing trouble with mexico

Ongoing Trouble with Mexico

  • Texas is annexed in 1845

  • Boundary dispute: Rio Grande or the Nueces?

  • The U.S. is rebuffed in its effort to buy California

  • This means WAR!


The mexican war

The Mexican War

  • War is declared in 1846

  • Gen. Zachary Taylor “Old Rough & Ready” takes Buena Vista

  • Gen. Winfield Scott “Old Fuss & Feathers” conquers Mexico City

  • The war ends quickly


The election of 1848

The Election of 1848

  • Polk refuses to seek a second term

  • Slavery issue dominates the election

  • Whigs nominate General Zachary Taylor

  • Democrats nominate Lewis Cass

  • Free Soilers go with Martin Van Buren

  • “Old Rough & Ready” Wins!


Gold rush fever

Gold Rush Fever

  • John Sutter finds gold in California

  • Fortune seeking “Forty-Niners” rush to stake claims

  • Population explodes; crime and prices for goods rise

  • California becomes a state in 1850


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