John Caldwell Calhoun was a leading politician and political theorist from South Carolina during the first half of the 19th century. Calhoun eloquently spoke out on every issue of his day, but often changed positions. Calhoun began his political career as a nationalist, modernizer, and proponent of a strong national government and protective tariffs. After 1830 he switched to states' rights, limited government, nullification and free trade. He is best known for his intense and original defense of slavery as something positive, his distrust of majoritarianism, and for pointing the South...
|Birthdate:||March 18, 1782|
|Birthplace:||Abbeville, South Carolina|
|Date of death:||March 31, 1850|
|Education:||Litchfield Law School, Yale University|
|Religion:||Christian Unitarianism, Calvinism|
|Also known as:||John Calhoun|