Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 131
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 131

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) Jackson was the first president OF the people. He brought throngs of them with him to Washington, much to the horror of the propertied class. William Henry Harrison (1841) The story goes that on his cold and drizzly inauguration day the 68-year-old Indian fighter took the oath of office in his shirtsleeves, to prove his virility. Thirty days later he became our first president to die in office. Ironically, "Tippecanoe" delivered the longest inaugural address in history. Martin Van Buren (18371841) Although he resembled a circus ringleader, if not a circus clown, Martin Van Buren was a master politician. His Whig opponents portrayed him as a "perfumed and corseted dandy", but what u l t i m a t e l y b r o u g h t his d o w n f a l l w a s economic disaster. Shortly after the start of his term, America found itself in the midst of a first depression. Though not the cause, Van Buren got the blame. John Tyler (18411845) "Tippecanoe" was a Whig, but "Tyler too" was a D e m o c r a t . T h e c o m b i n a - tion did not mix w e l l . T y l e r acceded to the presidency upon H a r r i s o n ' s death and quickly made it clear that he was to be his own man. He only signed into law what he thought should become law, to the lasting disgust of both the Democrats and the Whigs. 3* * -f ·Page 4' Sunday (lazatte-Mail, June20. 1976

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