Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Free Soil Party

Third political party started for election of 1848; antislavery party; distrusted Cass (Democratic candidate) and Taylor (Whig candidate) and the Democratic and Whig silence on the issue of slavery; supported Wilmot Proviso, wanted federal aid for internal improvements, and free government homesteads for settlers; nominated Martin Van Buren; diverted strength in New York from Cass to Taylor causing Taylor to win; took some Northern Whig votes in the election of 1852 from Winfield Scott and nominated John P. Hale

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