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John C. Calhoun (1782 – 1850)


Prominent United States politician from South Carolina during the first half of the 19th century.
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John C. Calhoun
Protection and patriotism are reciprocal.
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Beware the wrath of a patient adversary.
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The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.




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Our well-founded claim, grounded on continuity, has greatly strengthened, during the same period, by the rapid advance of our population toward the territory its great increase, especially in the valley of the Mississippi as well as the greatly increased facility of passing to the territory by more accessible routes, and the far stronger and rapidly-swelling tide of population that has recently commenced flowing into it.
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I never know what South Carolina thinks of a measure. I never consult her. I act to the best of my judgment, and according to my conscience. If she approves, well and good. If she does not, or wishes any one to take my place, I am ready to vacate. We are even.
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A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.
John C. Calhoun
The neighboring tribes are becoming daily less warlike, and more helpless and dependent on us [T]hey have, in a great measure, ceased to be an object of terror, and have become that of commiseration.
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The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
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It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
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The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority.
John C. Calhoun
The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.




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