The Whig ascendancy in 1840 was one of the briefest in American political history. The Harrison Interlude lasted only 31 days. The successor, John Tyler of Virginia, had been a Democrat most of his career, but he had left that party to protest Andrew Jacksons democratic extremes and authoritarianism.
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