States Bank by Gen. Jackson
, and supported Mr. Clay
's resolution censuring that removal.
He was fully sustained in so doing, at the time, by the public opinion and the Legislature of Virginia; but, two or three years thereafter, the thorough-going supporters of Gen. Jackson
, having elected a decided majority to the Legislature, proceeded to “instruct” him to vote for expunging from the journal of the Senate that resolution; whereupon, refusing to comply, he resigned his seat, and returned to private life.
In the desultory and tumultuous Presidential canvass that soon followed, he was supported by the Whigs
, or anti-Jackson men, of the Slave States
, and received the electoral votes of Maryland
, South Carolina
, and Tennessee
In 1838, he was elected as a Whig to the Legislature of Virginia, and as such made a delegate to the Whig National Convention, which met at Harrisburg, Pa.
, in December, 1839.
He there, along with his Virginia
colleagues, zealously supported Mr. Clay
, and was affected to tears when the choice of a majority of the Convention
finally designated Gen. Harrison
as the Whig
The next day, he was, with little opposition, nominated for Vice-President
--the friends of Gen. Harrison
urging this nomination as a peace-offering to the friends of Mr. Clay
Every elector who voted for Gen. Harrison
voted for him also.
If Mr. Tyler
's past political course might, by a severe critic, have been judged unstable, and indicative rather of pervading personal aspirations than of profound political convictions, there was one grave topic — that of Slavery — on which not even the harshest judgment could pronounce him a waverer, or infirm of purpose.
Born, reared, and living, in one of the most aristocratic counties of tidewater Virginia
— that of Charles City
, removing subsequently to that of Williamsburg
— by no act, no vote, no speech, had he forfeited the confidence or incurred the distrust of the Slave Power
; and his fidelity to its behests and presumed interests, was about to be conspicuously manifested.
He soon contrived to quarrel immedicably with Mr. Clay
, and with the great majority of those whose votes had elected him, by vetoing, first, a National Bank bill, passed by both Houses, while all the leading provisions were suggested by his Secretary of the Treasury
; and then, Congress having passed another Bank bill, based entirely on his own suggestions, and conforming in all points to his requirements, he vetoed that also.
Hereupon, all the members of his Cabinet — which was that originally selected by Gen. Harrison
--peremptorily resigned their places, Mr. Webster
alone excepted, who retained the position of Secretary of State
until May, 1843, when he also resigned, and was succeeded by Abel P. Upshur
, of Virginia
, a gentleman of considerable ability and spotless private character, but a doctrinaire
of the extreme State Rights
, Pro-Slavery school, under whom the project of annexing Texas
to this country was more openly and actively pushed than it had hitherto been.
was killed by the bursting of a gun, on the 28th of February, 1844, and was succeeded by John C. Calhoun
, who prosecuted