By Robert V. Remini

On hand in paperback for the 1st time, those 3 volumes characterize the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson. quantity One covers the position Jackson performed in America's territorial enlargement, bringing to existence a fancy personality who has usually been obvious easily as a rough-hewn nation normal. quantity strains Jackson's senatorial occupation, his presidential campaigns, and his first management as President. The 3rd quantity covers Jackson's reelection to the presidency and the weighty concerns with which he used to be confronted: the nullification predicament, the tragic removing of the Indians past the Mississippi River, the mounting violence in the course of the state over slavery, and the tortuous efforts to win the annexation of Texas.

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Robert M. T. Hunter of Virginia and James Guthrie of Kentucky had thrown their hats in the ring, but neither could corral much support. Both had established luxurious quarters and offered free drinks and free lunch to all comers. Hunter's friends dispensed free wine and free advice; Guthrie's used bonded whiskey and bland arguments. " Douglas certainly was the pivotal individual at the convention. 31 Vallandigham, of course, had known for several months that every one of the forty-six Ohio delegates was pledged to Stephen A.

The election returns of 1859 disappointed the Democrats. In Ohio the Republicans elected William Dennison, their gubernatorial candidate, won control over both houses of the state legislature, and carried forty-eight counties-five more than in 1857. Truly, it seemed that radicalism was in fashion. Dayton Republicans sponsored a noisy and spirited celebration, rubbing salt in Democratic wounds. "They [the Republicans] were very jubilant over their victory," one of Vallandigham's supporters wrote "and celebrated it .

The presiding officer, Caleb Cushing, threatened to vacate the chair. 36 To the uninitiated, it looked as if the Douglas delegates had walked off with a tactical victory. Sunday was no day of rest for the politicians assembled in Charleston. Most of the delegates went to church, undoubtedly asking God to enlighten their enemies and sanction their own convictions. South Carolina and Alabama delegates agreed to walk out of the convention if the next day's roll-call vote approved the pro-Douglas platform.

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