Seems this rioting thing in America is nothing new.
I remember watching riots on television when I was a kid; Watts in 66, Chicago in 68, the list goes on.
It was nothing new then and nothing new today.
We’re pretty good at it.
On August 16, 1841, His Accidency, President John Tyler vetoed a bill which was the second attempt to Congress to re-establish the Second Bank of the United States.
When the news broke, bank supporters gathered in front of the White House and burned Tyler in effigy.
Most of the protesters were members of Tyler’s own party; the Whigs.
They were at the time the dominant party in Congress but didn’t hold a clear majority.
The first federal bank was created by Alexander Hamilton and set in place by President Washington in 1791. It provided a repository for federal funds and issued currency.
Jefferson, who opposed a national bank and felt it unconstitutional, worked with Congress to chip away at the bank’s power.
In 1811, James Madison and Congress let the bank’s charter expire.
In 1819, Monroe’s presidency implemented a second Bank of the United States.
Congresses down the line while Jackson and Van Buren were in the White House would re-charter the bank.
Jackson would deny them as well.
Tyler, a senator during Jackson’s presidency, condemned Jackson’s attempts to nullify the bank, and called it an abuse of executive power.
But as President in 1841, faced with an economy troubled with fluctuating currency values and bank fraud, did a complete 180 and betrayed his party!
Tyler declared the bank a threat to states’ rights.
When word of his veto got out, well, as historians like to say, “the shit hit the fan.”
Supporters of the bank in Congress stormed out of the Capitol in a rage and marched to the White House.
They threw rocks, shot guns in the air, and burned the POTUS in effigy.
Rumor has it there were torches. Some say tiki-torches…
Considered the most violent demonstration in front of the White House, the event led to the creation of the District of Columbia’s own police department.
Yeah, we’re pretty good at this.