Did you know John Tyler was nicknamed "accidency" when Harrison died.
John Tyler was born in March 29, 1790 in Greenway, Virginia. He grew up in Charles County City. Tyler's father was Judge Tyler, who was elected governor 3 times (most allowed). Tyler married Letitia Christian and they had 7 children. In 1839 she suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed, she died 3 years after that.
Before Tyler became President he had many different jobs. He graduated college at the age 17. He was barely 21 when he won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. When he was 26 he moved up to the House of Representatives. He then moved up to the U.S. Senate in 1836.
Do you know how John Tyler became President, not by votes. He became president with the death of Harrison. However, Harrison won by popular vote of 1,274,624 to Van Burin's 1,127,781. The electoral vote was 234 to 60, respectfully. Tyler belonged to the Whig party.
Tyler made a good deal of major accomplishments during his presidency. He became the 1st Vice President to succeed to Presidency. He made Florida part of the union. He approved of the annexation of Texas. He also signed the Treaty of Wanghin in 1844 which gained access to ports in China. Tyler managed to become President without a party. The Whigs denied him when he made a decision he thought was right.
Tyler didn't have many foreign problems. He made peace with China. Britain and ourselves were in dispute for Maine. Tyler settled this by making the Webster-Ashburton Treaty.
After his Presidency he briefly returned to Washington, D.C. to help create a compromise between the North and South prior to the Civil War, the effort failed. He was preparing to take his seat in the Confederate House of Representatives when he died on January 18, 1862 at the age of 71.
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