Acting Secretary of the Treasury Roger B.Taney.What did he do for Jackson in his war on the bank?
what job did Jackson appoint him to afterward and how do you think his behavior in Treasury might be contradictory to his later job responsibilities?
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Roger B. Taney was first appointed secretary of the treasury as a recess appointment, which is a temporary appointment to fill a vacancy. This vacancy at the treasury occurred after his two predecessors refused to defund the Second Bank of the United States, which Taney himself suggested to Jackson while he was Attorney General.
Taney was a staunch supporter of Jackson, and was more than happy to use his power to stop all deposits into the bank. This eventually destroyed the financial institution, which Jackson later said was the greatest achievement of his presidency. The U.S. Senate retaliated by blocking his official appointment to the post and his later nomination as an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Taney eventually won nomination as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after a bitter fight in congress between Jackson’s rivals and Democratic Party supporters. Taney was always a staunch Democrat, and consistently ruled in favor of the rights of the state over the federal government and against business interests. This is very consistent with his role at the Treasury where he defunded the bank much to the chagrin of the business elite. So I don't think there was much contradiction in his new role.
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