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John Caldwell Calhoun, photograph ca. 1855, after the daguerreotype by unidentified artist, 1845

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At the start of his political career, Calhoun favored a strong National Government. But he became an outspoken defender of states’ rights. His position changed as Northern States grew more populous and added congressional representatives. To protect the interests of the South, he believed States should be able to nullify Federal law within their borders.

NPG.77.258 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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