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Henry Clay
After Sectional Divisions Lead to His Defeat in the 1844 Election, Henry Clay Virtually Predicts the Onrushing Civil War In a letter to Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, he writes, "In spite of all my efforts, very few glimpses or light and hope break through the darkness of the gloomy future. I pray God that my fears may not be realized.". In a letter to Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, he writes, "In spite of all my efforts, very few glimpses or light and hope break through the darkness of the gloomy future. I pray God that my fears may not be realized.".
09/01/1845. He asks for the mercy of God on the nation, and expresses disappointment and fatalism at his election loss: “This is a world of trial and suffering, and ought you not to bear your full share for the sake of our common Country?”In April of 1844, President John Tyler submitted a treaty for the annexation of Texas as a slave state. This aroused opposition in the North, where adding additional slave states was anything but popular, and excitement in the South, which saw a golden expansion opportunity. The Whig Party, which had both a northern and southern wing, faced the specter of a split that would render it ineffectual. Its leader, Henry Clay, denounced the Tyler annexation bill and predicted that its passage would provoke a war with Mexico, whose government had never recognized Texas independence. Clay underlined his position, warning that even with Mexico's consent, he would block annexation in the event that substantial sectional opposition existed anywhere in the United States. He would not pit section against section over slavery. So in the 1844 presidential election the Whigs would need to stand squarely against acquiring a new slave state and be content to restrict their campaign platform to less divisive issues such as internal improvements and national finance.On May 2, 1844, the Whig National Convention in Baltimore nominated Clay to be the party’s standard-bearer in that year’s election. Clay, in keeping with his desire to avoid sectional controversy, had the convention adopt an anti-annexation platform on the principles of preserving national … [Click Below for Full Description]
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