1841 - 1845
1841 to 1845 - Disputes between the United States and Mexico continue over the land from Texas through California.
John Tyler was born in 1790 in
Virginia. After graduating from
William and Mary, he practiced
law and entered politics. He
served from 1817 to 1821 in the
House of Representatives, from
1825 to 1827 as governor of
Virginia, and as a senator from
1827 to 1836. The slogan
" Tippecanoe and Tyler Too", used
during his vice- presidential
campaign appealed to nationalism
plus a dash of southern states
Letitia Christian Tyler was born
on a Tidewater, Virginia,
plantation in 1790. She had no
formal education, but she learned
the skills of managing a plantation
and presiding over a home. She
married John Tyler in 1813 and
bore eight children, one of whom
did not survive.
President John Tyler resigned from the Senate in 1836. He was elected vice president on the Whig ticket in 1840, and succeeded to the presidency on
the death of President Harrison. Tyler was the first Vice President to assume the office of the President of the United States as a result of the death of the
President. His strict constructionist views of the Constitution caused a split in the Whig party when the Legislature passed a bill creating a National Bank
System and Tyler vetoed it on “ States Rights” grounds. The first Impeachment Resolution against a President was introduced in the House of
Representatives by John Quincy Adams when Tyler vetoed that bill. The impeachment failed, but it was just one of Tyler's “ firsts” as President. He
was successful in bringing about the annexation of Texas in 1845. Tyler died in 1862, after briefly serving as a delegate to the Congress of the
Letitia Tyler had became an invalid two years before her husband became president. Her daughter- in- law, Priscilla Cooper Tyler, assumed the position of
White House hostess, which she filled until President Tyler's marriage to Julia Gardiner in 1844.
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