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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 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