The fact that the president was doing this at all, particularly at a point when the Texas mission had made his administration more controversial than it had ever been before, would inspire Speaker Webster to accuse him of “Caesarism” for the first time, describing the moving of so many troops tot he capital as “an implied threat to our republican institutions.” If it was intended as a threat to use military force against the Democratic-Republican Congressional plurality, it was the most foolhardy act in an administration that was becoming known for such.
But the speech itself was not strictly partisan. Berrien—still an excellent orator—began with a moment of silence for the “Trafalgar martyrs whom all our force of arms could not save.” Mindful that many in his audience were from northern states and had no use for slavery, he spoke of “this great war” as a fight for “national honor and respect” and was effusive in his praise for “the heroes who last year saved this great temple of republicanism from a second desecration, inscribed the names of Mount Hope and Falmouth into the pages of eternity, and fight for us even now in the fields of Florida and Canada.” Continuing in this theme for well over an hour, Berrien said, “Gazing forward with my mind’s eye, I see an age when this republic shall stand supreme on this continent, with northern ice, southern jungle, and two mighty oceans for our outer defenses.” A towering ambition, certainly, but not one that the Dead Roses had ever spoken against. Nor did he breathe a word against the congressmen who even at this early stage were seriously considering his impeachment.
Representative John Quincy Adams,
But the other two deaths that occurred over the next week would prove far more consequential. On July 13, Senator Philip Barbour of Virginia passed away. Two days later, Vice President David Daggett breathed his last…
The Presidential Succession Act of 1792 (Full text ), sections 9 and 10 of a larger act regarding the election of the president and vice president, provided that the president pro tempore of the Senate would be first in line for the presidency should the offices of the president and the vice president both be vacant. The speaker of the House was second in line. Section 9 provided that the statutory successor would serve in an acting capacity until a new president could be elected.[A] If such a double vacancy occurred, Section 10 directed the secretary of state to notify the governor of each state of the vacancies and of the special election to fill them. This special election would take place no fewer than two months later. The persons elected president and vice president in such a special election would have served a full four-year term beginning on March 4 of the next year; no such election ever took place.
Oh good. For a moment there I was worried that Berrien might have actually managed to achieve something.
Nope. I thought that as well, but it's the President Pro-tem of the Senate who is next in line, according to the 1792 succession act.Well, it looks as if he just helped Daniel Webster become President, so there is that..
Though with Adams dead I think Clay will come out on top in the DRP leadership making an ITTL Corrupt Bargain letting Berrien walk along with the suspect members of the Cabinet in exchange for the Quids supporting the new DRP administration. Which will serve to strengthen the radicals on both ends of the spectrum propelling the country toward the Troubles.
Caesarism is not quite "King Berrien " (aka: King Jackson).
Im guessing Clay is keeping his usual "dignified silence" and Calhoun can't rebuke a man who he practiclaly put in office. Even if he has separated himself from him, persay. Then again Calhoun is an opportunist. But Clay has been President, and it does technically look like Webster is really the only person capable of making a condemnation speech amongst the three.
I only use Clay, Webster and Calhoun given they seem to be the most prominent in OTL at this time.
He dies about a decade earlier. Thats....well. Poor bugger.
So, If Berrien gets impeached, then that means Webster is the Acting President, which means they need to hold an election again in november of that year, IIRC?
Wait...no, its the President Pro-Tem who is first inlne...
According to Wikipedia: Presidential Succession Act of 1792
Ooooh. Interesting times ahead..
I may have a look at it then. Can always add to my bookshelf.Ramini wrote a really excellent biography of him a few decades back - it's long but very readable, and I can't suggest it enough.
I may have a look at it then. Can always add to my bookshelf.
*looks up author.*
Goddamn....he has a love affair with Jackson doesn't he...
Before the battle, the U.S. Navy had been confined to Boston Harbor; after the battle it was confined to the harbors of Boston, Portsmouth, and Portland, and the Georgia was under repair for the remainder of the war.
Of course I find myself in the odd position of rooting for the British very hesitantly given that they are actually less racist in this era and under a more progressive administration. I do wonder if status quo ante bellum is the end result of all this
The Stablers aren't the only ones building weapons. And I hate to say it, but most of the people who died in the outbreak were either slaves or poor.I take it the secret weapon for the next campaign against the Republic also comes from the Stablers?
Berrien talked some 500 people to death. Almost impressive, if they weren't all on his side in this war. Future POTUS may thank him in decades and centuries to come, for setting the bar so low for worst president ever.