Unlike the N.C.'s Liberal Party, the Conservatives were poorly organized and had no basic political philosophy; instead, they simply opposed Liberal policies. The Conservatives did have more popular support than the Liberals, and in the 1825 elections they were able to gain a majority of seats on the Northern Confederation Council, and Van Buren became Governor. The Conservatives' manipulation of the banking system led to the Depression of 1829, and cost them their majority in the 1831 elections.
Sobel's source for the politcial career of Martin van Buren is Hugh Scott's Giant in Chains: Van Buren and the Conservatives (Mexico City, 1960).
|Governors of the Northern Confederation|
|John Dickinson • George Clinton • Daniel Webster • Martin van Buren • Henry Gilpin • John Dix • Victor Astor • Elbert Childs|