Homicide Case No. 31836 Murder Victim: Jackson, Andrew Back round information: Jackson was shot in the chest while on the steps of the Capitol before his people on January 3, 1836. The murderer was lost during the chaos that followed the shooting. Jackson was pronounced dead 36 hours later. Possible Suspects and Descriptions: Sus No 1: Calhoun, John C Calhoun is the former Vice President of Jackson. He resigned from office from the end result of the Peggy Eaton Affair, in which the President was said to have made mean accusations targeted at Calhouns wife. During the Peggy Eaton affair, President Jackson defended the honor of Mrs. Eaton who was being "snubbed" by the other wives of cabinet members. After his resignation, Calhoun entered the Senate as a champion of South Carolina. Calhoun opposed Jackson in more ways then just the Peggy Eaton affair. Though Calhoun was a nationalist his secret espousal of nullification in "the South Carolina Exposition" of 1828 in which he asserted nullification of federal laws proved differently. Jackson was for the Tariff of 1828 and caused Calhoun to be opposed to Jackson, which also led to Calhoun's resignation in 1832. Calhoun is said to have been extremely frustrated because he could not do anything about Jackson's views toward tariffs, which benefited only industrial North and hurt slaveholding South. In 1832 the South Carolina legislature did just that. The next year in the Senate Calhoun and Daniel Webster opposed each other over slavery and states' rights in a debate. John C. Calhoun is the only vice president to resign. Sus. No 2: Nicholas Biddle Former President of the Bank of the United States. Biddle lost his occupation when Jackson vetoed the proposal to recharter the Bank of the United States. Biddle compared Jackson's veto message to "the fury of a chained panther biting at the bars...
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Henry Clay was a leading American statesman for nearly 50 years (Remini 02). Clay became known as the Great Compromiser because he repeatedly helped settle bitter disputes over slavery between the Northern and Southern states. His compromises did much to hold the nation together during the first half of the 1800's. Clay's charm, generosity, and eloquent speeches made him one of the most idolized figures of his time (Remini 04). He served as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. senator, and a U.S. secretary of state. He campaigned for President unsuccessfully five times. Through the years, Clay showed great devotion to principle. Once, after taking a controversial stand on slavery he told an associate, "I had rather be right than be President" (Eaton 56). Henry Clay, the son of a Baptists minister, was born on April 12, 1777, in Hanover County, Virginia. He received little formal schooling, but he had a sharp mind and liked to read. He studied law and, at the age of twenty, set up a successful law practice in Lexington, Kentucky (Remini 01). In 1799, Henry Clay married Lucretia Hart, the daughter of a wealthy Lexington land speculator and merchant. The Clays suffered several tragedies in their home life. Their oldest son, Theodore, was confined to a mental institution. Their six daughters died at young ages, and their son, Henry, was killed during the Mexican War (Remini 191). In 1803, Henry Clay was elected to Kentucky's state legislature. The legislature greatly admired him and elected him to fill an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate in 1806 (Eaton 99). At that time, state legislatures elected U.S. senators. He was not quite thirty years old, the minimum age required by the Constitution of the United States (Eaton 103). But the Senate did not investigate his age. From 1810...
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Kelley Briggs John Benton History 201 December 2, 2003 Henry Clay and the "Corrupt Bargain" Henry Clay was an American statesman for nearly two-thirds of his entire life. His remarkable skills as a political negotiator earned him the title of the Great Compromiser. Clay's most popular compromises involved reconciling the hostile arguments over slave-ownership between the Northern and Southern states in the early 1800's. Clay was known to be charismatic, a great leader, and to have a panache for oratory. These traits made him one of the most idolized men of his era. Henry Clay was born on April 12, 1777, on a farm in Hanover County, Virginia. He was born to a middle-class family who resided in a neighborhood known as "The Slashes." His biological father passed away when Clay was still very young. Although he received very little formal education, he was able to study law under George Wythe and set up his own lucrative law practice in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky is where he established a reputation for himself as a great leader and orator. In fact, his reputation was so great that in 1803, it gained him a seat in Kentucky's state legislature. Clay was elected to his first term in the United States House of Representatives in 1811. He proved himself to be an effective speaker and leader immediately. As a result, Henry Clay was selected to be Speaker of the House on the first day of the session. He was re-elected for all five of his subsequent terms. In addition to the twelve years Clay served in the House, he also spent almost twenty years working in the U.S. Senate. During the early part of Henry Clay's political career he focused on formulating his "American System," which was a national program that included federal aid for internal improvements and tariff protection for American...
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