Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lesser Known Presidents- John Tyler

by Adre Vetter
February 17, 2016
John Tyler was the 10th president. He became the 10th president in 1841 until 1845 when President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after just a month in the White House. John Tyler was the first vice president to succeed as a President. He was born in Virginia in 1790. Tyler graduated from the college of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1807. Tyler married Letitia Christian which they had 8 children together. He served in the House of Representatives and he voted against most nationalist legislation and opposed the Missouri Compromise. After he left the House he soon became the Governor of Virginia. The Whig party nominated Tyler for Vice President in 1840. Then later on, after Harrison died, he became the President. His wife had a stroke which paralyzed her so she was incapable of handling the responsibilities of the First Lady. Then Letitia suffered from a second stroke and died at age 51. She became the first President's wife to pass away while her husband was in the White House. After a while Tyler then remarried which he became the first President to remarry while in office. Tyler and his new wife has 7 kids together. With a total of 15 offspring from both of his marriages. He had the most children than any other President in history. In 1842 Tyler signed a tariff bill protecting northern manufacturers. By the end of Tyler's terms he replaced the original Whig Cabinet with southern conservatives.

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