The Nullifier Party
was a short-lived political party
based in South Carolina
in the 1830s. Started by John C. Calhoun
, it was a states' rights
party that supported the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
, holding that States could nullify federal laws within their borders.
Calhoun outlined the principles of the party in his South Carolina Exposition and Protest (1828), a reaction to the "Tariff of Abominations" passed by Congress and signed into law by President John Quincy Adams.