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Unformatted text preview: executive was to serve as the enforcing agent of the legislative branch. When Tyler ignored the counsel of his cabinet and vetoed bills that sought to reestablish the Bank of the United States, about 50 Whig members of Congress met in caucus and read Tyler out of the party. At the behest of Clay the entire cabinet resigned; even Webster retired after completing the Webster-Ashburton Treaty (1843). Clay became the standard-bearer in 1844 but was defeated by James K. Polk . In 1848, Weed and his associates swung the nomination from Webster and Clay to Zachary Taylor , who had gained wide popularity as a commander in the Mexican War. This move temporarily prevented a division of the party, and although Taylor died while Clay was formulating the Compromise of 1850 in Congress, Millard Fillmore , his Vice President and presidential successor, kept the faith of the Whig party....
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