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Will Republican Party Go the Way of Whigs?

November 10, 2013
By Landers P. Bonenberger , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

In 1831, Henry Clay formed a new political party which he dubbed the Whigs. It was founded on the principles of state sovereignty and a strong, yet small, limited, national government. They were the conservatives of their era and over the next 20 years elected four presidents and exercised major control of both Houses of Congress. Its membership included great American figures such as Zachary Taylor, Daniel Webster and a relatively obscure Illinois congressman named Abraham Lincoln.

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