Clay and Webster secretly intended to provoke a veto, which they hoped would damage Jackson and lead to his defeat. Some of Biddle's aides brought this to his attention, but he chose not to take their advice.  The House was dominated by Democrats, who held a 141–72 majority, but it voted in favor of the recharter bill on July 3 by a tally of 107 to 85.  He also had tens of thousands of Jackson's veto messages circulated throughout the country, believing that those who read it would concur in his assessment that it was in essence "a manifesto of anarchy" addressed directly to a "mob". They eventually agreed to stay on the condition that they would attend to their own departments and not say anything publicly which would bolster the Bank's standing.  Hammond, in his Banks and Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War, renews the criticism of Schlesinger. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and laborers-who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. branch managers to elicit signatures from citizens for pro-B.U.S.  McLane met Duane in December 1832 and urged him to accept appointment as Treasury Secretary. What were "wildcat" and president in the legislative process as evidence of the Bank’s corrupting influence on free government. State banks printed their own notes which were sometimes used out-of-state, and this encouraged other states to establish banks in order to compete. The purpose of the act was to eliminate the devaluation of gold in order for gold coins to keep pace with market value and not be driven out of circulation. Within months, cotton prices entered a full free-fall.  At the same time, they tried to "republicanize Hamiltonian bank policy." However, many agree that some sort of compromise to recharter the Bank with reforms to restrict its influence would have been ideal. Many legislators benefited from the largesse supplied by Bank administrators. Thomas Cadwalader, a fellow B.U.S.  Their rationale was that Biddle had used the Bank's resources to support Jackson's political opponents in the 1824 and 1828 elections, and additionally, that Biddle might induce a financial crisis in retaliation for Jackson's veto and reelection. Finally, a vote was taken, and it was decided 25–19 to expunge the censure.  The Second Bank of the United States was given considerable powers and privileges under its charter. The proposals included some limited reforms by placing restrictions on the Bank's powers to own real estate and create new branches, give Congress the ability to prevent the Bank from issuing small notes, and allow the president to appoint one director to each branch of the Bank. His “war” on the banking industry was mostly bark instead of bite, as he withdrew funds from the national bank to deposit them in state and local banks. Many moderate Democrats, including McLane, were appalled by the perceived arrogance of the pro-Bank forces in pushing through early recharter and supported his decision. It was hoped that the disappearance of the Federalist Party would mark the end of party politics. Economic problems which reverberated through the economy eventually led to major depression in the Panic of 1837 (which occurred during the term of Jackson's successor, Martin Van Buren ). The committee members refused, and no books were shown to them.  One of the most "popular and effective documents in American political history", Jackson outlined a major readjustment to the relative powers of the government branches. notes were receivable for federal bonds.  After Jackson made these remarks, the Bank's stock dropped due to the sudden uncertainty over the fate of the institution. These were to be used only to counteract any hostile behavior from the B.U.S. Jackson had to submit all three nominations at once, and so he delayed submitting them until the last week of the Senate session on June 23. Outcome State banks then made an increasing amount of paper money, which resulted in the overall value being worth less. Jackson ordered that no more government funds be deposited in the bank. , Daniel Walker Howe criticizes Jackson's hard money policies and claims that his war on the Bank "brought little if any benefit" to the common men who made up the majority of his supporters. By vetoing the recharter bill and basing most of his reasoning on the grounds that he was acting in the best interests of the American people, Jackson greatly expanded the power and influence of the president.  In fact, Biddle voted for Jackson in the election. He deliberately instigated a financial crisis to increase the chances of Congress and the President coming together in order to compromise on a new Bank charter, believing that this would convince the public of the Bank's necessity.  Jackson ran under the banner of "Jackson and Reform", promising a return to Jeffersonian principles of limited government and an end to the centralizing policies of Adams. Jacksonians framed the issue as a choice between Jackson and "the People" versus Biddle and "the Aristocracy", while muting their criticisms of banking and credit in general.  After weeks of clashing with Duane over these prerogatives, Jackson decided that the time had come to remove the deposits. In the end, Jackson won a major victory with 54.6% of the popular vote, and 219 of the 286 electoral votes. Historian Ralph C.H. Benton refused and instead repeated them.  Presidential hopeful Henry Clay vowed "to veto Jackson" at the polls. Lewis then asked what he would do if Congress overrode his veto.  British investment in the stocks and bonds that capitalized American transportation companies, municipal governments, and state governments added to this phenomenon. It was not as successful as Jackson hoped.  The Globe, which was vigorously anti-B.U.S., published Benton's speech, earning Jackson's praise. , A few weeks after Jackson's address, Biddle began a multi-year, interregional public relations campaign designed to secure a new Bank charter. With four months remaining until the November general election, both parties launched massive political offensives with the Bank at the center of the fight.  During the final phase of the 1832 election campaign, Kendall and Blair had convinced Jackson that the transfer of the federal deposits—20% of the Bank's capital—into private banks friendly to the administration would be prudent. Biddle was eventually forced to relax the bank’s credit policies, and in 1837 the Senate expunged the censure resolution from its record. In return, McLane asked that Jackson not mention the Bank in his annual address to Congress. Benton replied by criticizing the Bank for being corrupt and actively working to influence the 1832 election. , The National Republican press countered by characterizing the veto message as despotic and Jackson as a tyrant. Most of the state banks that were selected to receive the federal funds had political and financial connections with prominent members of the Jacksonian Party. Gold and silver was the only way of having a "fair and stable" currency.  On March 28, Jackson was officially censured for violating the U.S. Constitution by a vote of 26–20. The treasury secretary could no longer regulate lending requirements in the deposit banks as a result of this legislation. was sufficiently popular among voters that any attack on it by the President would be viewed as an abuse of executive power. , The economy improved significantly in 1834. His suspicions were never proven.  The House also stood solidly for Jackson. Then there was the removal of the public deposits, congressional testimony indicating that the Jacksonians had attempted to sabotage the Bank's public image and solvency by manufacturing bank runs at branch offices in Kentucky, the responsibility of maintaining a uniform currency, the administration's goal of retiring the public debt in a short period, bad harvests, and expectations that the Bank would continue to lend to commercial houses and return dividends to stockholders. Some of the animosity left over from the Panic of 1819 had diminished, though pockets of anti-B.U.S. The federal government purchased a fifth of the Bank's stock, appointed a fifth of its directors, and deposited its funds in the Bank.  However, it did have a positive effect on the economy, as did good harvests in Europe. He believed it concentrated too much economic power in the hands of a small monied elite beyond the public’s control. , The Democrats did suffer some setbacks.  Two days later, McLane and Cass, feeling Jackson had ignored their advice, met with the President and suggested that they resign. In the end, he believes, the government was deprived of the stabilizing influence of a national bank and instead ended up with inflationary paper currency. He blamed Jackson for the loss of his job.  Philip Hone, a New York merchant, may have been the first to apply the term in reference to anti-Jacksonians, and it became more popular after Clay used it in a Senate speech on April 14. But in 1841 it went out of business, the result of faulty investment decisions and national economic distress. According to historian Edward E. Baptist, "A state bank could be an ATM machine for those connected to its directors. Several states, including Kentucky, fed up with debt owed to the Bank and widespread corruption, laid taxes on the National Bank in order to force it out of existence. The economy did extremely well during Jackson's time as president, but his economic policies, including his war against the Bank, are sometimes blamed for contributing to the Panic of 1837. Jackson's Kitchen Cabinet, led by the Fourth Auditor of the Treasury Amos Kendall and Francis P. Blair, editor of the Washington Globe, the state-sponsored propaganda organ for the Jacksonian movement, helped craft policy, and proved to be more anti-Bank than the official cabinet. The great Bank War turned out to be a conflict both sides lost. Throughout 1829, Jackson and his close advisor, William Berkeley Lewis, maintained cordial relations with B.U.S.  Jackson suggested making it a part of the Treasury Department. This is an often overlooked episode in American history and Remini does a very good job covering it. Biddle had orchestrated the maneuver in a desperate effort to keep the institution alive rather than allowing it to dissolve. Webster and John C. Calhoun, who was now a senator, broke away from Clay. He planned to use "external pressure" to compel the House to adopt the resolutions. Webster drafted a plan to charter the Bank for 12 years, which received support from Biddle, but Calhoun wanted a 6 year charter, and the men could not come to an agreement.  Many people demanded more limited Jeffersonian government, especially after revelations of fraud within the Bank and its attempts to influence elections.  Vice President Martin Van Buren tacitly approved the maneuver, but declined to publicly identify himself with the operation, for fear of compromising his anticipated presidential run in 1836.  Jackson gave no credit to the Bank for stabilizing the country's finances and provided no concrete proposals for a single alternate institution that would regulate currency and prevent over-speculation—the primary purposes of the B.U.S. Supporters of Adams began calling themselves National Republicans. On February 28, Cambreleng expressed hope that if the recharter bill passed, the President would "send it back to us with his veto—an enduring moment of his fame". Yet there was also a more punitive motivation behind Biddle's policies. ", Contrary to the assurances Livingston had been rendering Biddle, Jackson determined to veto the recharter bill. Intelligence Great Fear. Existing deposits were consumed paying off expenses, while new revenues were placed in 89 state “pet banks.” Biddle responded by calling in loans and thus precipitating a credit shortage and business downturn. The Panic of 1837 was one such incident involving an unstable currency and financial system resulting in a lack of confidence in both government and the banks. T he Pet Banks History for kids: The State Banks The Second Bank of the United States, the National Bank was responsible for only 20% of the currency supply - the state banks accounted for the rest. Andrew Jackson.  He called for a substitute national bank that would be wholly public with no private stockholders. Duane's appointment, aside from continuing the war against the Second Bank, was intended to be a sign of the continuity between Jeffersonian ideals and Jacksonian democracy. Immediately after Webster spoke, Clay arose and strongly criticized Jackson for his unprecedented expansion, or "perversion", of the veto power.  He characterized the B.U.S.  In addition, Biddle reduced discounts, called in loans, and demanded that state banks honor the liabilities they owed to the B.U.S. He went on to argue that if such an institution was truly necessary for the United States, its charter should be revised to avoid constitutional objections. He sent a letter of acceptance to Jackson on January 13, 1833, and was sworn in on June 1. The Second Bank of the United States. Schlesinger portrays Jackson's economic program as a progressive precursor to the New Deal under Franklin D. Andrew Jackson Took on the Bank of the United States The First Bank of the United States had closed in 1811. Perhaps you pictured two banks competing against one another for customers or business However, Jackson won by a landslide. under Bank President William Jones through fraud and the rapid emission of paper money. He praises the Bank and Biddle's conduct, claiming that Jackson's war on it created a periodic of economic instability that would not be remedied until the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. Senator George Poindexter of Mississippi received a $10,000 loan from the Bank after supporting recharter.  He was deemed insane and was institutionalized. retaliated, the administration decided to secretly equip a number of the state banks with transfer warrants, allowing money to be moved to them from the B.U.S.  In a letter to William Appleton on January 27, 1834, Biddle wrote: [T]he ties of party allegiance can only be broken by the actual conviction of distress in the community. All were members of the Republican Party, which was still the only political party in the country. Once … , In the end, Biddle responded to the deposit removal controversy in ways that were both precautionary and vindictive. To replace Taney, Jackson nominated Woodbury, who, despite the fact that he also supported removal, was confirmed unanimously on June 29. With their support, he ran for president in 1824. A reaction set in throughout America’s financial and business centers against Biddle's maneuvers, compelling the Bank to reverse its tight money policies, but its chances of being rechartered were all but finished. Inflation soon rose and the Kentucky Bank became in debt to the National Bank. Catterall writes, "Just as in 1832 Biddle cared 'nothing for the campaign,' so in 1833 Henry Clay cared little or nothing for the bank."  They did however assure Biddle that Jackson would not veto the bill so close to the 1832 election.  Thousands of people in manufacturing districts lost their jobs as credit dried up.  The President insisted that no bill arise in Congress for recharter in the lead up to his reelection campaign in 1832, a request to which Biddle assented. survived Jackson’s presidency, even in a diminished condition.  Duane was a distinguished lawyer from Philadelphia whose father, also William Duane, had edited the Philadelphia Aurora, a prominent Jeffersonian newspaper. Some found the Bank's public–private organization to be unconstitutional, and argued that the institution's charter violated state sovereignty. War is a blessing compared with national degradation. Some members of the Democratic Party questioned the wisdom and legality of Jackson's move to terminate the Bank through executive means before its 1836 expiration. Polk ran for Speaker of the House to replace Andrew Stevenson, who was nominated to be minister to Great Britain. With this accomplished, the administration would permit re-authorization of the central bank in 1836. The charter for the Second Bank of the United States, which was headed by Nicholas Biddle, was for a period of twenty years beginning in 1816, but Jackson's distrust of the national banking system (which he claimed to be unconstitutional) led to Biddle's proposal to recharter early, and the beginning of the Bank War. It assisted certain candidates for offices over others. This is because cotton receipts not only gave value to many American credit instruments, but they were inextricably linked to the bubble then forming in the American Southwest (then centered in Louisiana and Mississippi).  The President declared the Bank "Scotched, not dead".  The chaos of the war had, according to some, "demonstrated the absolute necessity of a national banking system".  In Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, Jackson won with absolutely no opposition.  The committee's minority faction, under Jacksonian James K. Polk, issued a scathing dissent, but the House approved the majority findings in March 1833, 109–46.  This echoed the arguments of Calhoun during the charter debates in 1816. Under attack from the Globe, Duane was dismissed by Jackson days later, on September 22, 1833. Several months later, he received an additional loan of $8,000 despite the fact that the original loan had not been paid. Biddle stated that he would have preferred that Jackson, rather than remaining silent on the question of recharter, would have made a public statement declaring that recharter was a matter for Congress to decide. Andrew Jackson served as President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. , The end of the War of 1812 was accompanied by an increase in white male suffrage. If Biddle presented any of the state banks with notes and demanded specie as payment, the banks could present him with the drafts to remove the deposits from the Bank and protect their liquidity. Jackson felt that, with the Bank prostrate, he could safely bring gold back. favored merchants and speculators at the expense of farmers and artisans, appropriated public money for risky private investments and interference in politics, and conferred economic privileges on a small group of stockholders and financial elites, thereby violating the principle of equal opportunity. Andrew Jackson despised the Second Bank of the United States ostensibly because it held too much power over the economy, but actually because his political enemies controlled it. director and close confidant of Biddle, recommended recharter after counting votes in Congress in December 1831. , Whigs and Democrats blamed each other for the crisis. An attempt by President Andrew Jackson to eliminate the Bank of the United States resulted in the rise of seven "pet banks, " state banks that received deposits of federal money on 1 October 1833. , In February 1836, the Bank became a private corporation under Pennsylvania commonwealth law.  Webster was at around this time annually pocketing a small salary for his "services" in defending the Bank, although it was not uncommon at the time for legislators to accept monetary payment from corporations in exchange for promoting their interests. Democrat Nathaniel Macon remarked, "If Congress can make banks, roads and canals under the Constitution, they can free any slave in the United States. Bank War, in U.S. history, the struggle between President Andrew Jackson and Nicholas Biddle, president of the Bank of the United States, over the continued existence of the only national banking institution in the nation during the second quarter of the 19th century. It was not until 1840 that the Independent Treasury system was finally approved. ... and I cannot fear the result. But Jackson's strategy eventually paid off as public opinion turned against the Bank. , McLane, a confidant of Biddle, impressed Jackson as a forthright and principled moderate on Bank policy. ", Unfortunately for Biddle, there were rumors that the Bank had interfered politically in the election of 1828 by supporting Adams. Following the War of 1812, Congress chartered the Second Bank of the United States (the First Bank’s charter had expired in 1811). Clay finished fourth. The debt added up to approximately $24 million, and McLane estimated that it could be paid off by applying $8 million through the sale of government stock in the Bank plus an additional $16 million in anticipated revenue.  Within days of Jackson's address, party members gathered at a convention on December 16, 1831, and nominated Senator Clay for president. They cited "expediency" and "necessity," not principle. Use of the pet banks contributed to a national financial panic that year.  They characterized Adams as a purveyor of corruption and fraudulent republicanism, and a menace to American democracy. Both of these measures diverted precious metals from the Atlantic Coast to western regions, leaving the nation’s financial centers vulnerable to external shocks. branch bank in Nashville. The first Bank of the United States, chartered in 1791 over the objections of Thomas Jefferson, ceased in 1811 when Jeffersonian Republicans refused to pass a new federal charter. , 1930s Jackson biographer Marquis James commemorates Jackson's war against the Bank as the triumph of ordinary men against greedy and corrupt businessmen. , Woodbury ensured that banks' specie ratios remained consistent with those of the early 1830s. The mission of the Abbeville Institute is to preserve what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. These included theft, fraud, and bribery, and they occurred regularly at branches of the National Bank. , By October 1829, some of Jackson’s closest associates, especially Secretary of State Martin Van Buren, were developing plans for a substitute national bank. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. , Clay and Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster warned Americans that if Jackson won reelection, he would abolish the Bank.
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