Title: Political parties in Michigan, 1837-1860. An historical study of political issues and parties in Michigan from the admission of the state to the Civil War
Year: 1918 (1910s)
Authors: Streeter, Floyd Benjamin, 1888-1956
Subjects: Political parties
Publisher: Lansing : Michigan Historical Commission
Contributing Library: University of British Columbia Library
Digitizing Sponsor: University of British Columbia Library
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e respects this group of politicians constitutedthe radical faction in the Whig party. Asher B. Bates was the most active leader of thisfaction, though Augustus S. Porter was the best known.Both men were prominent lawyers in Detroit and werenatives of New York.127 The latter was born inCanandaigua and the grandfather of the former hadbeen a resident of that city. Bates had only a localreputation, while Porter served one term in the UnitedStates Senate in the forties. The conservative faction in the Whig party wascomposed of monied men and large landowners whotook relatively little part in politics. A large numberof them were natives of New England, though somecame from eastern New York and Virginia and a fewfrom western New York.128 These men represented 125. Woodbridge Papers, Vol. 138, p. 130. 126. Ibid, Vol. 138, p. 130. 127. Farmer, History of Detroit, II, 1035-1036. 128. The record of the conservative Whigs in the Legislature of 1841 is as follows: Place of birth: New England, 3;
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WILLIAM WOODBRIDGEProm the oil portrait in the Capitol, Lansing. STATE POLITICS 1835-1843 39 the wealthiest class in the State. They regarded thecitizens of foreign birth as a reckless and ignorantelement whose votes were controlled by Democraticpoliticians.129 They feared that in the near futurethe aliens supported by unprincipled Democrats wouldseize control of the Government.130 This group ofmen especially revered the Whig party and thoughopposed to slavery they tried in vain to prevent thedisruption of their party in 1854. Finding this ahopeless task a large number of them organized theKnow Nothing party. If the love of these men fortheir party, their fear of the domination of the foreignersin politics and their opposition to the agitation of theslavery question be taken as the test, they constitutedpar excellence the conservative faction in the Whigparty. William Woodbridge who was elected Governor in1839 was the most influential member of the conserva-tive faction. He was one of
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