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1836-1846: Politics. Martin Van Buren William Henry Harrison John Tyler James K. Polk. MVB deals with Jackson’s legacy. Specie Circular – Jackson/banks require payment in specie (gold/silver)

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1836 1846 politics

1836-1846: Politics

Martin Van BurenWilliam Henry HarrisonJohn Tyler

James K. Polk


Mvb deals with jackson s legacy
MVB deals with Jackson’s legacy

  • Specie Circular – Jackson/banks require payment in specie (gold/silver)

  • Banks drained of specie.Paper money worthless.(banks won’t take it, businesses won’t either)Monopoly money

  • PANIC (depression) of 1837


Mvb 1837 1840
MVB: 1837-1840

  • Democratic philosophy is laissez-faire

  • MVB does nothing (lets the economy go through the cycle “naturally”)

  • Whig policies look great – fall of BUS and Specie Circular kill Democrats (economically)

  • Who will run?


William henry harrison march april 1841
William Henry HarrisonMarch – April 1841

  • Hero of Tippecanoe

  • Identified with westerners, former general

  • “let him say nothing about his principles”

  • Log Cabin and Hard Cider campaign

    • Whigs use Democratic tactics: they portray

      • Harrison a common man

      • Van Buren an elitist


1836 1846 politics

“Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!”

  • Tyler is a sop to the south (VA)

  • Leading Whigs would advise Harrison (Clay, Webster, JQA)

    Tyler not a Whig – merely disliked Jackson’s use of veto - ally of Calhoun – appoints him Sec. of State

    - annexes Texas (slave); North enraged, war nears