Jackson's "Acting" Secretary of the Treasury Jackson's "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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Taney believed in states' rights, and that is a reason to try to kill the national bank. Taney was actually full of many contradictions. He was a slaveholder, but then he decided he was against slavery and freed all of his slaves. He is described as being very intellectual. I think he took the time to actually think, even if he reversed himself.
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Jackson actually argued that the Bank was unconstitutional, and since it wasn't "nessecery" or "proper" for the government to authroize the existance of a financial entity that only benefitted the wealthy business elite.

Ironically, it was future Chief Justice Taney that first suggested to Jackson that he go ahead and defund the bank as a way of killing it. I think this, if anything, is the most contradictory aspect of Taney; that he killed an institution that the Supreme Court had already ruled in favor of.


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Roger Taney withdrew all federal funds from the Second Bank of the United States at Jackson's directive. Two previous Treasury secretaries had refused, and Jackson had removed them from office. Jackson had interpreted his re-election as a mandate to destroy the Bank (he had previously vetoed the bill to extend its charter) and by withdrawing federal funds he effectively accomplished this.

When Chief Justice John Marshall died, Taney was appointed Chief Justice to succeed him on the Supreme Court. As far as his position being contradictory; one might argue that Jackson's actions regarding the bank were unconsitutional which would be inconsistent with Taney's new position. Taney is most famous for his decision in Dred Scott vs. Sanford in which he invalidated the Missouri Compromise and stated that Scott, as a slave, was not a citizen and had no standing to sue for his freedom.

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