Theodore Frelinghuysen

Theodore Frelinghuysen

Theodore Frelinghuysen, Chancellor from 1839 to 1850, ran unsuccessfully in 1844 as the vice-presidential candidate of the Whig Party, running with presidential candidate Henry Clay. The victory of the Clay-Frelinghuysen ticket seemed inevitable, especially to the opposition Democrats who bemoaned their party’s surprise nomination of dark horse Presidential candidate James K. Polk. But abolitionist James G. Birney of New York split Whig supporters and threw the election to Polk.

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