President John Tyler

Courtney Ruff

General Biography:

John Tyler was born March 29, 1790 in Charles City County, Virginia. His dad was John Tyler Sr, who was a Virginian politician, as well as a planter. His mother's name was Mary. He attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia then studied law under many private tutors. He was married to Letitia Christian and they had eight children together. He died on January 18, 1862, in Richmond.

Career before his Presidency:

1811-1816: Served in the Virginian Legislature

1817-1821: Member of the House of Representatives

1825-1827: Elected Governor of Virginia

1827-1836; Represented his sate of Virginia in the Us Senate

He was also elected to Congress as a Democratic-Republican.

He delivered the eulogy for President Thomas Jefferson.

Career as President:

John Tyler was Vice President to William Henry Harrison. When Harrison died a month after his inauguration, Tyler was sworn into office as the new President of the United States. He did not get along with the Whigs, who had tried but failed to impeach him out of office. He had opposed the bill proposing to build a new national bank. He signed the Pre-Emption Act and ended the Seminole War in Florida. He also established the Webster-Ashburton Treaty which settled disputes between the US and British colonies borders. He also annexed the state of Texas and made Florida the 27th state of the United States before he left office.

After his Presidency:

He moved back home to raise his children. He also tried to preserve the Union by assembling a peace conference, but it did not go well. He was also elected to the Confederate House of Representatives but sadly died before he could take his seat.

3 Major Achievements during his Presidency:

--- He annexed Texas

--- He declared Florida as the 27th state of the US

--- He signed the Treaty of Wanghia with China, giving America access to Asian ports which promoted trade greatly, promoting our economy

3 Failures as President:

--- Whigs attempted to impeach him from office

--- Did not have a party
--- He caused all but one of the Cabinet members to resign after he vetoed a bill to build a new national bank

Popularity, during and after Presidency:

He was not very popular during his presidency, proof of why he was almost impeached. He was also not very popular after his Presidency. Did not really make an impression.

“Tippecanoe and Tyler too”

- Campaign Slogan

Members of his Cabinet:

No Vice President.

Secretary of State Daniel Webster (1841-43 )Abel P. Upshur (1843-44) John C. Calhoun (1844-45)Secretary of the Treasury Thomas Ewing (1841) Walter Forward (1841-43) John C. Spencer (1843-44) George M. Bibb (1844-45)Secretary of War John Bell (1841) John C. Spencer (1841-43) James M. Porter (1843-44) William Wilkins (1844-45) Attorney General John J. Crittenden (1841) Hugh S. Legare (1841-43) John Nelson (1843-45) Postmaster General Francis Granger (1841) Charles A. Wickliffe (1841-45 )Secretary of the NavyGeorge E. Badger (1841) Abel P. Upshur (1841-43) David Henshaw (1843-44) Thomas W. Gilmer (1844) John Y. Mason (1844-45)

Could he be President today?

I do not believe so. He was not very liked or impressionable when he was President and I don't believe he would be any different today. He did not get along with his Cabinet members, he did not make any great achievements during his time in office, and he also did not have a party. I do not think he would be elected to be Today's President.