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#9 William Henry Harrison Legacy


William Henry Harrison's Legacy  

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  1. 1. Which of the following Harrison decisions/events are positives for his legacy?

    • His death allowed the country to experience its first succession crisis and how to handle it.
    • The first president of the Whig party; although, JQ Adams can be said to be a proto-Whig.
    • Served for only a month; died in office
    • Accepted the convention's choice of Tyler as VP, even though Tyler was a WINO (Whig in Name Only)
    • Gave the longest inaugural address in history (over 2 hours long)
    • As a reaction to Jackson, called for the reestablishment of the National Bank and for paper currency (Tyler did not fulfill this)
    • As a reaction to Jackson, vowed to let Congress lead the nation rather than the office of the presidency (Tyler did not fulfill this)
    • As a reaction to Jackson, vowed to limit the use of the veto (Tyler did not fulfill this)
    • Vowed to appoint officials by merit rather than party loyalty, but allowed Clay to fill the offices with loyal Whigs.
    • Initially allowing Clay to influence his administration, Harrison and Clay began to bicker over appointments and policy
    • Harrison's appointments of Daniel Webster, JJ Crittenden and John Bell are generally consider solid and promising choices, but only Webster remained when Tyler became president.
    • Made efforts at combating corruption among department officials
    • Vowed to allow cabinet members to vote on policy; although, he once overruled their unanimous vote.
    • Avoided major decisions during the 3 weeks he wasn't bedridden, in favor of interviewing office-seekers
    • Defended a few low-level officials who were Democrats when Clay wanted them removed for Whigs, Harrison kept these token Democrats to appear to stay to his merit-system promise.
    • Allowed the Seminole War to continue (ended with Tyler)
    • Did not take sides on the slavery issue, but believed in leaving the issue to the states.
    • Supported Clay's "American System," a federally-funded modernizing infrastructure program
    • Favored Clay's economic policies, including a high tariff, which favor the industrialized North over the Plantation Southern economy
    • None of the above
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  2. 2. Who was a better president in their first month of office?

  3. 3. Overall, what is your general opinion of Harrison's presidency?



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1 hour ago, Patine said:

To be honest, William Henry Harrison lives up to (in his electoral campaign, anyways) a lot of Tea Party planks (other than massive improvement programs funded by federal money) - a less activist President, a Congress that makes laws without dictation from the President, lack of constant meddling in and dependence on the goings on in other countries, etc. Also, if you follow him, Reagan04 was probably the only regular poster on these forums who was a self-declared Republican who never did give much vocal support at all for Trump. I noticed his lack of enthusiasm for the current President consistently in his posts, anyways.

I was not a fan of Trump before he was sworn in.  This is probably how many Republicans feel.

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What's funny is that there has been more interest in polling Harrison than there has been in polling for Jackson and Van Buren. Please do these presidential polls if you haven't. 

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3 hours ago, Patine said:

To be honest, William Henry Harrison lives up to (in his electoral campaign, anyways) a lot of Tea Party planks (other than massive improvement programs funded by federal money) - a less activist President, a Congress that makes laws without dictation from the President, lack of constant meddling in and dependence on the goings on in other countries, etc. Also, if you follow him, Reagan04 was probably the only regular poster on these forums who was a self-declared Republican who never did give much vocal support at all for Trump. I noticed his lack of enthusiasm for the current President consistently in his posts, anyways.

 

That entire statement was truth and remains completely my feelings toward the President!

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