The Whig Party in the second Jackson Administration
While President Jackson remained personally popular, the Democratic Party was unable to lock its hold on the American public. Opposition groups, primarily the National Republican Party and the Anti-Masonic Party, began the process of creating an organized anti-Jackson Party in 1834, with remarkable success.
Presidential Maneuvering for 1836
The Whig Party did not hold a national convention for the election of 1836. While it is usually reported that the party ran four candidates in the hopes of denying the Democrats an electoral vote majority, newspapers of the time never discussed such a strategy. The evidence points to weak organization of the new Whig Party and sectional differences leading to the different nominees.
Candidacy of Hugh L. White
The first Whig candidate in the field was Senator Hugh L. White of Tennessee. At the time of his break with President Jackson in 1834, many Southern newspapers began to tout him as presidential material for 1836. Almost all Tennessee newspapers endorsed him in 10/1834 [Fayetteville (NC) Observer, 10/24/1834], and the Alabama legislature nominated him on 12/29/1834 [Boston Daily Atlas, 12/30/1834]. When Whig members of Congress pressed White for a statement, he wrote a reply dated 12/30/1834 in which he stated that he had never sought the office of President but would be willing to have his name offered [Daily Nationa