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Encyclopedia > 1839 Whig National Convention

The 1839 Whig National Convention was held in December of 1839. This was the first national convention of the Whig Party of the United States. The Whig Party was a political party of the United States during the era of Jacksonian democracy. ...


Three years after Democrat Martin Van Buren was elected President in the election of 1836 over three Whig candidates, the Whigs met in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, determined to unite behind a single candidate. Though the party's elder statesman Henry Clay would likely have won the election, few in the party grasped this fact. Instead, the party nominated the popular former general William Henry Harrison, the most successful of the three Whig candidates from the previous election. Harrison, though a slave-owner and aristocrat, was perceived as being simple and a commoner. The convention nominated John Tyler for Vice-President. The two would go on to win the 1840 presidential election. This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862), nicknamed Old Kinderhook, was the 8th President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. ... This article is about the office in the United States. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Henry Clay, Sr. ... William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military leader, politician, and the ninth President of the United States. ... John Tyler, Jr. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ...


The Whig Ticket

President: William Henry Harrison (Ohio) - former general and presidential candidate William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841) was an American military leader, politician, and the ninth President of the United States. ...


Vice-President: John Tyler (Virginia) - former Senator John Tyler, Jr. ...


References

  • Proceedings of the Democratic Whig National Convention: Which Assembled at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the Fourth of December, 1839

 
 

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