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Along with opposing the spread of slavery into the continental territories of the United States the party also opposed the Ostend Manifesto which advocated the annexation of Cuba from Spain.

The electoral vote was to Madison won electoral votes to Federalist Charles C. Federalists thought of themselves as the "friends of order" and good government. Donelson for vice president. His work included traveling the old Eighth Judicial Circuit, which enhanced his political opportunities, sharpened his public speaking abilities, and gave him time for serious study and reflection.

After learning the divorce had not yet been made final, the couple held a second, valid wedding. The Federalists alienated many voters by refusing to commit their electors to any particular candidate prior to the election. The once-dominant Whigsenervated by a series of defeats and internecine conflicts, were in a state of collapse, with many members defecting to the splinter parties that formed in the wake of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

The act carved the territory into the Kansas and Nebraska territories and, more controversially, declared that popular sovereignty would determine the future of slavery there. John Adams took office after a harsh campaign and narrow victory.

Dallas was nominated for vice president to appease Van Burenites, and the party backed annexation and settling the Oregon boundary dispute with England. Donelson of Tennessee as his running mate; the Whigs united behind Fillmore rather than proposing their own candidate.

Finally, Congress would pass a tougher Fugitive Slave Law, to reduce the number of slaves who escaped to the North and Canada every year. Hoping to appeal to voters from both regions, Cass proposed applying popular sovereignty to the slavery question, arguing that the citizens living in each territory should decide for themselves whether theirs would become a slave state or a free state.

They offered the voters two brands of progressivism. The Democrats attacked the Republican management of Reconstruction and black suffrage.

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Democrats counter-crusaded by warning that a Republican victory would bring Civil War. In the most infamous case, one Southern congressman nearly caned abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner to death on the Senate floor for speaking out against the act and its authors.

Congress itself took bold action by passing a series of progressive new laws such as the Morrill Tariff, the Legal Tender Act, and the National Bank Act. For the fourth time the Socialist party nominated Eugene V. Disaffected by Grant administration corruption and the controversy over Reconstruction, Greeley ran on a platform of civil service reform, laissez-faire liberalism, and an end to Reconstruction.

Some Whigs in both sections would support the so-called " Know-Nothing " party in the presidential election. William Jennings Bryan overcame his distaste for Parker and his supporters and campaigned in the Midwest and West for the ticket.

We'll have no dark designing band To rule with secret sway; We'll give to all a helping hand, And be open as the light of day. Six other states soon followed. Second, popular sovereignty would determine the fate of the other western territories. The Union forces fell after intense bombardment, and the Civil War had begun.

Under this new order, George Washington, the first U. While Jefferson ran for office in90 percent of the population were farmers. In the election McKinley won wide support from business interests. Greeley headed an uneasy coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans.

The War ofwhich had begun five months earlier, was the dominant issue. Seward, and Thurlow Weed. Cost of Election. Here are the amounts spent on all federal elections, by cycle. These figures include all money spent by presidential candidates, Senate and House candidates, political parties and independent interest groups trying to influence federal elections.

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