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Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841) to C.S. Knapp

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06614 Author/Creator: Harrison, William Henry (1773-1841) Place Written: North Bend, Ohio Type: Letter signed Date: 25 April 1836 Pagination: 9 p. ; 31 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses at length the present state of the government and the unconstitutional and monarchal rule of the current president, Andrew Jackson. Quotes Edward Gibbons' "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," and George Washington. Expresses his views on democracy, the Constitution, and the principles of government. Ends by accepting the nomination for the presidency from the Anti-Masonic State Committee of Vermont, which Knapp headed.

Background Information: Harrison lost the election to Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren in 1836, but was nominated again in 1840 by the Whig party. This time he won the Presidency over Van Buren.

People: Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentGovernment and CivicsUS ConstitutionPoliticsElectionMasonsFraternal OrganizationClassical World and Ancient Civilization

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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