"Secession" was not a word with which to charm the "old-line Whigs" of the South.
In the first place, I would say he was not an old-line Whig.
The Committee concluded their interviews with an old-line corporal.
Governor Rector had been elected, in the autumn of 1860, by the Democrats and old-line Whigs.
And his opinion was that the old-line colleges tended to destroy individuality ...