“Harrison will die I tell you,” spoke the Prophet, Tenskwatawa. “And after him, every Great Chief chosen every 20 years thereafter will die. And when each one dies, let everyone remember the death of my people.”
Tenskwatawa was the brother of the Shawnee chief Tecumseh. He was furious at William Henry Harrison (image shown), who had defeated the Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe. And it so happened that soon after Harrison became “Great Chief” (President) he did indeed die.
Harrison was the Whig Party presidential candidate in 1840. The Whigs favored “economic protectionism.”  In other words, they were against the “Free Trade.”
When William Henry Harrison took the oath of office on March 4, 1841, it was a cold and wet day. He wore neither an overcoat nor hat. On March 26, Harrison became ill with a cold. “Ah-hah!” was the conclusion: “Cold wet inauguration day, no overcoat or hat, caught a cold and died!” 
But scratch that. No, it took 3 weeks after the inauguration before Harrison caught a cold and died. “Ah-hah! It was walking later in the cold and slush which caused Harrison to catch a cold and die!”
But some say, no it was the curse of Tenskwatawa.
“The untimely death of Harrison was a disappointment to Whigs, who hoped to pass a revenue tariff and enact measures to support Henry Clay’s American System.”  Drat the luck! Just when President Harrison was about to work against the “Free Trade,” an old Indian curse killed him! (And maybe too the Indians were secretly in favor of the “Free Trade.”)
After the unexpected death of William Henry Harrison, after some dispute, his Vice President, John Tyler, became the chief executive. Tyler was not a Whig, but a “Democratic-Republican,” which Party became later the Democrat Party. In 1842, when Millard Fillmore was the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he promoted and obtained a tariff bill. There had been an economic depression under the presidency of John “Free Trade” Tyler, but then, after Fillmore’s protective tariff was enacted, the depression began to lift. (Background: “‘Free Trade’ of Slaves and Opium”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 11, 2014.)
In 1844, when Democrat James Polk was elected president, one Robert J. Walker was made Treasury Secretary. Through the efforts of Walker, the Protective Tariff of 1842 was repealed. The ruinous Free Trade Tariff of 1846 became law, and “produced the train of business and financial disasters that its opponents predicted. Instead of prosperity everywhere in the land, there was misery and ruin.” 
James Polk was a Democrat, but not so the next President, Zachary Taylor. He, and his Vice President Millard Fillmore, were both Whigs. Although Taylor did not agree with the Whig Party stand on protective tariffs and expensive internal improvements, he nonetheless aligned himself with the Whigs. It was the old “Cherries and milk on a hot day” which suddenly killed Zachary Taylor. But “Michael Parenti devoted a chapter in his 1999 book History as Mystery to ‘The Strange Death of Zachary Taylor,’ speculating that Taylor was assassinated because of his moderate stance on the expansion of slavery – and that his  autopsy was botched. It is suspected that Taylor was deliberately assassinated by arsenic poisoning from one of the citizen-provided dishes he sampled during the Independence Day celebration. Other dissenting historians claim as suspicious the facts that there were no eyewitness accounts of Taylor consuming cherries and milk on that day,” as well as other factors. 
Millard Fillmore became President after Taylor’s death. At that time the nation was being torn apart over the slavery issue. President Fillmore, for the good of the country, sacrificed his own political ambitions and privately decided not to seek election in 1852. “Petty politics must be put aside, he thought, in order for the Compromise of 1850 to succeed.”  Millard Fillmore is unique among the Whig Presidents in that he was not murdered.
The last Whig President was Abraham Lincoln. Although nominally a “Republican,” Lincoln confided to John Minor Botts that he had “always been an Old-line Henry Clay Whig.” (Background: “The Temptation of Botts”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 8, 2014.)
As for the “Free Trade,” Lincoln said, “My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance. I am in favor of a national bank. I am in favor of the internal improvement system and a high protective tariff. These are my sentiments and political principles. If elected I shall be thankful; if not it will be all the same.”
The ghost of Cunning Calhoun (John C. Calhoun) must not have liked hearing that Old Abe was against the “Free Trade.” The ghost of Cunning Calhoun must have whispered in the ear of KGC member John Wilkes Booth, causing Booth to pull the trigger on Abraham Lincoln, last of the Whig Presidents.
(The above first appeared at my Melchizedek Communique web site on June 15, 2011.)
——- Notes ——-
 “Whig Party (United States)”, Wikipedia, June 14, 2011
 “William Henry Harrison”, Wikipedia, June 13, 2011
 Logan, John A. The Great Conspiracy. 1886.
 “Zachary Taylor”, Wikipedia, June 14, 2011
 Redman, Brian. What Would Millard Do?. 2009. Published by Lulu.com. Also available as an e-book for the Kindle device.