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1 A group of former Whigs and Know Nothings formed the Constitutional Union Party and nominated John Bell of Tennessee.
2 From 1824 to 1861, Louisiana moved from a political system based on personality and ethnicity to a distinct two-party system, with Democrats competing first against Whigs, then Know Nothings, and finally only other Democrats.
3 The Native American Party, a precursor to the Know Nothings, which had split from the Whig Party in 1845, met in September 1847 in Philadelphia, where they nominated Zachary Taylor for president and Henry A. S. Dearborn of Massachusetts for vice-president.
4 Their opponents nicknamed them the "Know Nothings" and the party liked the name and it became the nickname of the party after that until it collapsed in 1860.
5 Webster died of natural causes nine days before the election, and the Know Nothings quickly replaced Webster by nominating Jacob Broom as president and replaced Washington with Reynell Coates.
6 The nascent Republican party, opposed to the extension of slavery, and the nativist Know Nothings (known formally as the American Party) competed to replace the moribund Whig Party as the primary opposition to the Democrats.
7 The Know Nothings, who ignored slavery and instead emphasized anti-immigration and anti-Catholic policies, nominated a ticket led by former Whig President Millard Fillmore.
8 The Know Nothings attempted to present themselves as the one party capable of bridging the sectional divides.
9 The Know Nothings soon collapsed as a national party, as most of its anti-slavery members joined the Republican Party after the 1857 Supreme Court ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford.
10 A group of former Whigs and Know Nothings formed the Constitutional Union Party, which sought to avoid secession by pushing aside the issue of slavery.
11 German Americans in the party opposed Bates because of his past association with the Know Nothings.
12 The American Party (known as the Know Nothings) contained many nativists, and pursued an anti-immigrant agenda.
13 The Know Nothings did not publicly discuss party deliberations (thus, they knew nothing).
14 They disliked Seward, and an uncertain number of Know Nothings sought the Whig nomination to legislative seats.
15 Although Lincoln and Seward shared many views, Lincoln, out of office since 1849, had not excited opposition as Seward had in the South and among Know Nothings.
16 Wilson worked diligently to build an anti-slavery coalition, which came to include the Free Soil Party, anti-slavery Democrats, New York Barnburners, the Liberty Party, anti-slavery members of the Native American Party (Know Nothings), and anti-slavery Whigs (called Conscience Whigs).
17 In 1855 Wilson was elected to the United States Senate by a coalition of Free-Soilers, Know Nothings, and anti-slavery Democrats, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Everett.
18 He lost the 1856 presidential election to Democrat James Buchanan when Know Nothings split the vote.
19 In 1855, Banks agreed to chair the convention of a new Republican Party convention, whose platform was intended to bring together antislavery interests from the Democrats, Whigs, Free Soilers, and Know Nothings.
20 Promoted by the state's Know Nothings, it was passed by referendum in May of that year.
21 While the Republican Party almost exclusively appealed to Northerners, the Know Nothings gathered many adherents in both the North and South;
22 With the collapse of the Whig Party, the 1856 presidential election became a three-sided contest between Democrats, Know Nothings, and Republicans.
23 An abundance of new parties emerged 1854–56, including the Republicans, People's party men, Anti-Nebraskans, Fusionists, Know Nothings, Know-Somethings (anti-slavery nativists), Maine Lawites, Temperance men, Rum Democrats, Silver Gray Whigs, Hindus, Hard Shell Democrats, Soft Shells, Half Shells and Adopted Citizens.
24 The split of the Republicans and Know Nothings made it difficult to defeat the united Democrats and Packer swept into office.
25 Supported by a coalition of Know Nothings and temperance advocates, Boone ran for mayor on an anti-immigrant platform, along with 7 aldermen running on the same ticket.