John C. Calhoun

John C. Calhoun
1782 - 1850

John C. Calhoun  American Diplomat


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First Name John
Middle Name C.
Last Name Calhoun
Age 68 (age at death) years
Birthday 18th March, 1782
Birthplace Abbeville, South Carolina
Died 31st March, 1850
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Nationality American
Occupation Diplomat

John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850) was an American politician and political theorist during the first half of the 19th century. Hailing from South Carolina, Calhoun began his political career as a nationalist, modernizer, and proponent of a strong national government and protective tariffs. After 1830, his views evolved and he became a greater proponent of states' rights, limited government, nullification and free trade; as he saw these means as the only way to preserve the Union. He is best known for his intense and original defense of slavery as a positive good, his distrust of majoritarianism, and for pointing the South toward secession from the Union.

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