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Disavowal and Impeachment

Following the second Bank veto, crowds again marched in Washington. Tyler was burned in effigy, but no damage was done to his residence. Tyler had initially attempted to court Whig support by retaining Harrison’s cabinet. Following the vetoes, however, the entire cabinet resigned in protest—except for Secretary of State Webster who was engaged in sensitive negotiations. (Webster would later resign and was replaced by archenemy John C. Calhoun.) Clay continued to submit bills to Tyler; Tyler continued to issue vetoes. Clay resigned from the Senate, intent upon seeking the presidency for himself in 1844. In early 1843, a number of ardent Whigs in the House of Representatives introduced a resolution of impeachment against Tyler. Despite their anger over the vetoes, other Whigs refused to support this radical move and the measure was defeated.