Assassination of John F.
May 20, Comments AP Three major scandals have surfaced over the past few weeks in Washington, escalating into a perfect storm that involves money, media and security.
With the IRS targeting tea party tax-exempt groups, the Department of Justice seizing Associated Press records and the resurfacing of concerns about the handling of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, many are wondering what the Obama administration's role is in all of these affairs.
But scandal and controversy are nothing new to Washington — as long as there have been presidents, there has been controversy. Here is a look back at the most controversial events of each United States president. InGeorge Washington approved of the Jay Treaty, attempting to normalize the still-volatile relations with Great Britain.
In return for the pulling of British troops out of forts across the West and compensation for seized merchant ships, the British were given favored-nation trade status. The Jeffersonian party of Congress reacted violently to the treaty, favoring the French over the British.
Thomas Jefferson repeatedly accused Washington of treason. Adams attempted to send delegates to negotiate with the French, but the French minister demanded bribes before negotiations would begin.
The Americans refused, and the information was leaked to the public, becoming the XYZ Affair — X,Y and Z standing for the names of French officials in documents released by the Adams administration. American and French naval forces engaged in an undeclared war for several months, known as the Quasi-War, before the situation was finally settled.
During the period of hostilities, both the Federalists and the Republican-Democratic parties used the events to heavily push their own narratives. Burr set up a complex conspiracy.
It involved the commanding general of the Army, the British and the Spanish. Allegedly, they would lease out Texas and then conquer surrounding Spanish and Mexican territory in a war he hoped to orchestrate between the United States and Spain.
Though Burr was acquitted, the scandal effectively ended his already-flagging political career. Burr had enlisted the help of the general of the Army, James Wilkinson, to supply U. Army troops to achieve his goals. Madison, for the same reasons as Jefferson, chose to keep Wilkinson on, even after a two-year congressional investigation about the man.
It was only after reports of heavy-handed abuses of power and his inept handling of military affairs that Madison order Wilkinson court-martialed, which found Wilkinson not guilty.
It eventually took disastrous military campaigns during the War of before Wilkinson was removed. James Monroe AP Perhaps best known for The Monroe Doctrine, the foreign policy of the United States for almost years, James Monroe faced a controversial presidency when it came to the issue of slavery.
Even if he remained a popular president, his decision in the Missouri compromise — paring Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state — was a controversial topic of debate at the time and would set the stage for the heated debate and endless compromise up until the Civil War.
In the election ofJackson won the popular vote by a reasonable margin but failed to gain enough electoral votes.
In backroom deals that were considered corrupt then and now, the House elected John Quincy Adams to the office of president. Jackson was not one to forget something like that, and Adams' presidency would be constantly hounded by calls of illegitimacy for the rest of his term.
South Carolina, led by Andrew Jackson's former vice president and ardent states' right supporter John C. Calhoun, claimed that it could nullify the order from the federal government and not implement it.
Jackson, a staunch proponent of the central government, made it very clear that he would use military might to force South Carolina to accept the tariff if they did not do it peacefully.
It was one the more public displays of infighting between states and the central government before the Civil War. Reportedly, Van Buren said, "Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you; if I take up for you, I shall lose the vote of Missouri.
So while not exactly scandalous or controversial, it was ill advised. While technically a member of the Whig Party, he would veto several pieces of their legislation while in office and was expelled from the party. Most of his cabinet resigned.
With the Democratic Party disliking him as well, he became the only sitting president to not belong to any political party at one point during a presidency. Polk AP While generally considered one of the more influential presidents in American history, James Polk, while still popular amongst his supporters, drew a lot of controversy from his opponents for his foreign policy, which included the Mexican-American war and the settling of the Oregon border with Canada.
His Whig opponents constantly scrutinized him for being an imperialist. Historians would later conclude that the pressure he took over his handling of the war would lead to his death three months after his presidency was over.
Zachary Taylor AP Though only president for 16 months, Zachary Taylor still had time for a scandal when in the last months of his presidency, news surfaced that his secretary of war, George Crawford, had pushed through a law giving the Galphin family compensation for their land seized by the federal government nearly 70 years earlier.
When the public found out, Crawford was forced to resign, but amidst the rush of Taylor's death, he was never prosecuted. Millard Fillmore AP Consistently ranked in the bottom 10 of presidents, Millard Fillmore was not exactly a popular president — for the North at least — but few things caused as much of a stir as his dealings with the Compromise ofwhich allowed slavery in the newly acquired state of Texas and would allow territories such as Utah and New Mexico to vote to be slave states.The assassination of John F.
Kennedy is one of the most controversial and debated topics in American History. JFK was one of the most beloved presidents of our time.
It was November 22, when JFK was assassinated. John Quincy Adams had the misfortune of running against Andrew Jackson.
In the election of , Jackson won the popular vote by a reasonable margin but failed to gain enough electoral votes. A senior reporter at a British newspaper received an anonymous phone call prior to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, alerting the reporter to “some big news” about 25 minutes in.
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John F Kennedy’s personal physician stated the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head. This was officially announced to a stunned public half an hour later. The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, has spurred numerous conspiracy theories, which include accusations of involvement of the CIA, the Mafia, sitting Vice President Lyndon B.
Johnson, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, the KGB, or even some combination thereof.