- Title: WHIG PARTY: An entry from Macmillan Reference USA's Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
- Author: Paul Finkelman
- Released: 0000-00-00
- Pages: 0
- ASIN: B001TZKZ3W
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The Whig party emerged as a coalition of politicians opposed to ANDREW JACKSON and Jacksonian Democracy. Some prominent Whigs, like DANIEL WEBSTER, traced their political roots to the old FEDERALIST party, while others, like HENRY CLAY, had been Jeffersonian Democrats. Most had also been National Republicans and, as such, supported the presidencies of JAMES MONROE and JOHN QUINCY ADAMS. When the Anti-Masonic party collapsed, most of its members became Whigs. Some extreme STATES ' RIGHTS southerners briefly affiliated with the Whigs in reaction to Jackson's heavy-handed response to South Carolina in the NULLIFICATION controversy....