The Whig Party was a political party in Virginia and across the United
States that was founded in 1833 in opposition to the policies of U.S. president
Andrew Jackson—a Democrat who
was criticized for his expansion of executive powers—and in support of states' rights and, eventually,
the sectional interests of the South. Whigs, especially in the North, vigorously
opposed the Mexican War (1846–1848), a conflict that led to increased sectional
friction as the. . .
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