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They are one of America's oldest political parties.
President Abraham Lincoln was one. So were four other presidents. The party was formed in 1833, and for the next 22 years they opposed the powerful Jacksonian Democrats.
They formed because there was no meaningful opposition to what they felt was Jackson's autocratic rule. They gave voters another choice: to support the legislative branch and states' rights.
The Whig Party, is now experiencing a rebirth. The Modern Whig Party officially announced on Lincoln's 200th birthday (Feb. 12, 2009), that they had members in 26 states and were growing daily. The current membership estimate is 20,000.