Definitions for "1839 Whig National Convention"
Three years after Democrat Martin Van Buren was elected President, over three Whig candidates, the Whig Party met in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania determined to unite behind a single candidate. Though the party's elder statesman Henry Clay would likely have won the election, few in the party grasped this fact. Instead, the party nominated the popular former general William Henry Harrison, the most successful of the three Whig candidates from 1836.