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John Tyler

Leader elected vice president on the Whig ticket who spent most of his presidency in bitter fueds with his fellow Whigs.

Henry Clay

Leader of Senate Whigs and uncessessful presidential candidate against Polk in 1844.

Aroostook War

Clash between Canadians and Americans over disputed timber country.

Daniel Webster

Whig leader and secretary who negotiated an end to Maine boundary dispute in 1842.


Independent nation that was the object of British, Mexican, and French scheming in the early 1840's.


Northwestern territory in dispute between Britain and Untied States, subject of "Manifest Destiny" rhetoric in 1844.

James K. Polk

Dark-horse presidential winner in 1844 who effectively carried out ambitious expansionist campaign plans.

John C. Fremont

Dashing explorer/adventurer who led the overthrow of Mexican rule in California after war broke out.

Abraham Lincoln

Congressional author of the "spot resolutions" criticizing the Mexican war.

Rio Grande

Claimed by United States as southern boundary of Texas.

Zachary Taylor

American military hero who invaded northern Mexico from Texas in 1846-1847

Winfield Scott

"Old Fuss and Feathers," whose conquest of Mexico City brought U.S. victory in the Mexican War.

Santa Anna

Mexican military leader who failed to stop humiliating American invasion of his country.

Nicholas Trist

Long-winded American diplomat who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

David Wilmot

Congressional author of resolution forbidding slavery in territory acquired from Mexico.

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