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.
Quote of the day
"The government should not be guided by temporary excitement, but by sober second thought." -Martin Van Buren
More from West Wing Reports...
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop
- Everything you need to know about the voter ID controversy
- Why the government should pay every American child an allowance
- Why is the Pentagon stuffing caves in Norway full of tanks?
- Let us now praise Billy Joel
Subscribe to the Week