History’s Perspective

In “Grant”, Ron Chernow writes: “The Whigs denounced what they saw as overweening executive power of ‘King’ Andrew Jackson, selecting the Whig name to liken their struggle to that against King George III.  Abraham Lincoln ventured into politics as an ardent Whig, characterizing the party as one founded to depose that ‘detestable, ignorant, reckless, vain and malignant tyrant,’ Andrew Jackson.”

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