A Conservative Response
This chapter details the lives of three prominent men who professed Whig conservative principles with a Burkean twist, as well as the overall politics of the mid-antebellum Whig Party, particularly in contrast to their Democratic rivals. The Whigs discussed in this chapter are Edward Everett (1794–1865), Rufus Choate (1799–1859), and Joseph Story (1779–1845). The careers of all three climaxed during the decades when Edmund Burke's reputation in America had lost most of the ideological valence that had been its signature in the 1790s and had settled into a comparatively nonpartisan legacy of thoughtful statesmanship and masterly rhetoric. None of them, however, is a household name in America today.
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