Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. F. W. Gregory


William Cabell Rives, active in the party, political, and economic issues before the nation in the 1830s, played a significant part in the emerging and shifting party structure of these years. A Jacksonian Democrat by 1827, he split with the party in 1837, participated in the founding of an amorphous Conservative party where he headed the state organization, and finally transferred his allegiance to the Whig part in 1840. Key factors in this transformation were the economic issues of a national bank, the Specie Circular, and the Independent Treasury. In his attempt to find solutions to these problems, he kept a conscious eye on Jeffersonian political ideals and the misses of them in the Jackson period.

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