John Tyler

John Tyler Brief Biography

John Tyler (March 29, 1790 " January 18, 1862) was the tenth President of the United States (1841"1845). A native of Virginia, Tyler served as a state legislator, governor, U.S. representative, and U.S. senator before winning election as Vice President in 1840. He became the first to succeed to the office of President on the death of the incumbent, succeeding William Henry Harrison. He was also the first person to serve as President without ever being elected to that office. Tyler's opposition to federalism and emphatic support of states' rights endeared him to his fellow Virginians but alienated him from most of the political allies who brought him to power in Washington. Opposition from both the Democratic and the Whig parties crippled his presidency. Near the end of his life he would side with the South in its secession from the United States.

Tyler, born to an aristocratic Virginia family of English descent, came to national prominence at a time of political upheaval. In the 1820s, the nation's only political party, the Democratic-Republicans, split into factions, most of which did not share Tyler's strict constructionist ideals. Though initially a Democrat, his opposition to Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren led him to alliance with the Whig Party; he was elected Vice President In 1840 on the Whig ticket.

John Tyler News

• The Almanac or April 4, the 94th day of 2019
• The Almanac for March 29, the 88th day of 2019
• The Almanac for April 4, the 94th day of 2018
• The Almanac for March 29, the 88th day of 2018

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