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Whig Party

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Definition: One of the political parties that emerged from the demise of the Democratic-Republican Party. Members of the Whig Party believed in a strong federal government, tariff protection, a strong national bank, and federally sponsored communication projects. All of this together was called the "National System," a focus on the strengthening of the country as a whole through the federal government, rather than through the state governments, as was preferred by the newly formed Democratic Party. Henry Clay and Daniel Webster were important early members of the Whig Party.

Related Resources:
The 19th Century
An overview of the time in which the Whig Party thrived.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The American Whig Party
See how it began and who its leaders were.

Personalities of the Whig Party
A look at some of the people who belonged to this short-lived party.

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