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A powerful senator for the state of North Carolina, John Branch, once in the great graces of Andrew Jackson, became the motivation for the development of the Whig Party in North Carolina.
This article looks at the weakened position of the Whig Party in American politics as a result of the political circumstances surrounding the Presidential Election of 1852. Comparative looks at the strengths and weaknesses of Whigs and Democrats in the North and South as well as the hot button issues of slavery and the Compromise of 1850 are included.