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Today in history: August 16
In 1841, an effigy of President Tyler burned
America's 10th president was met with some criticism over his stance against the Bank of the United States.
America's 10th president was met with some criticism over his stance against the Bank of the United States. National Archive/Newsmakers

Aug. 16, 1841: President John Tyler was burned in effigy outside the White House — by members of his own Whig party. The Whigs were furious that Tyler flip-flopped and vetoed a bill to re-establish the Bank of the United States. The president said the bill violated states' rights.

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