By P. Abbott
One of many ordinarily acknowledged virtues of recent constitutional democracies is their means to insure trustworthy and permitted tools of political succession via election. This e-book makes a speciality of one specific, even though no longer unusual, difficulty within the democratic mode of political succession: American vice-presidents who imagine place of work because of the dying, assassination or resignation of a president. 3 uncomplicated thoughts by way of “accidental presidents” to set up and increase their legitimacy are pointed out and evaluated. whereas none are reliably winning, each one presents a lens to review the character of presidential energy and authority in addition to to give a contribution to a democratic concept of succession.
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Northern abolitionists opposed the Fugitive Slave Act and began organized resistance. The Whig Party was so divided over the compromise that it took fifty-four ballots to select a nominee in 1852. Fillmore was dumped as the Whig Party candidate and Winfield Scott, another general, was selected. ) Like later elected presidents preceding Lincoln, Pierce and Buchanan, Fillmore is portrayed as a man of limited imagination and ability. He was in Seward’s words, a man of “hesitation and double opinions,” and in Horace Greeeley’s “a man who lacks pluck .
Whigs considered passing another bill raising tariffs and continuing distribution but found that that public support for their battles with Tyler was waning in face of the deficit. They capitulated and passed the tariff alone that Tyler signed. 12 Now imbued with intense, even paranoid, feelings of executive tyranny, derived not only from their experience with Jackson but also from their identification with the English Whigs under George III, they became addicted to passing legislation designed to elicit vetoes.
Seward and other anticompromise Whigs braced for a patronage housecleaning Millard Fillmore 47 as Fillmore went on tour promoting a transcontinental railroad. He took his cabinet with him to inaugurate the Erie Railroad. Stopping along the way to speak to large crowds, he told audiences that the compromise paved the way to prosperity and national harmony. 15 Aside from opposition to Jackson, prosperity was the central claim for Whig governance. No doubt the Whigs were severely deflated by their failure to pass legislation in 1840, but if the Whigs stood for any set of policies, they were ones related to national economic progress.
Accidental Presidents: Death, Assassination, Resignation, and Democratic Succession (The Evolving American Presidency) by P. Abbott