RISE OF THE WHIGS
The National Republicans, renamed
Whigs, won the White House in 1840 with William Henry
Harrison, left, and John Tyler, but Harrison died after
31 days in office. President Tyler, dubbed "His
Accidency," infuriated the Whigs by vetoing a new
national bank and higher tariffs. The Whigs nominated
House Speaker Henry Clay to replace him, but he lost to
a Democratic dark-horse candidate, James K. Polk.
The slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too" commemorated
Harrison's victory in an Indian uprising at Tippecanoe, Ind.
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