38 Facts About John Tyler

1. John Tyler marked its return to the postseason with a very efficient performance Friday night on Earl Campbell Field.

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2. John Tyler was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, near the gravesite of former President James Monroe.

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3. John Tyler was seated in the Confederate Congress on August 1, 1861, and he served until just before his death in 1862.

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4. John Tyler retired to a Virginia plantation, originally named Walnut Grove, located on the James River in Charles City County.

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5. John Tyler was a slaveholder, at one point keeping forty slaves at Greenway.

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6. When John Tyler chose not to seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 1821 because of illness, he wrote that he would soon be called upon to educate his growing family.

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7. John Tyler was unhurt, having remained safely below deck, but a number of others were killed instantly, including his crucial cabinet members, Gilmer and Upshur.

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8. As the guests moved up to the deck, John Tyler paused briefly to watch his son-in-law, William Waller, sing a ditty.

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9. John Tyler made the annexation of the Republic of Texas part of his agenda soon after becoming president.

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10. John Tyler was able to appoint only six other federal judges, all to United States district courts.

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11. John Tyler promised that in case an actual insurrection should break out in Rhode Island he would employ force to aid the regular, or Charter, government.

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12. John Tyler brought the long, bloody Second Seminole War to an end in 1842, and expressed interest in the forced cultural assimilation of Native Americans.

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13. John Tyler repeatedly renominated Cushing, who was rejected three times in one day, March 3, 1843, the last day of the 27th Congress.

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14. John Tyler signed the Tariff of 1842 on August 30, pocket vetoing a separate bill to restore distribution.

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15. In a recommendation to Congress, John Tyler lamented that it would be necessary to override the Compromise Tariff of 1833 and raise rates beyond the 20 percent limit.

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16. John Tyler recognized the need for higher tariffs, but wished to stay within the 20 percent rate created by the 1833 Compromise Tariff.

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17. John Tyler proposed an alternative fiscal plan known as the "Exchequer", but Clay's friends who controlled the Congress would have none of it.

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18. When John Tyler succeeded him, he initially concurred with the new Whig Congress, signing into law the preemption bill granting "squatters' sovereignty" to settlers on public land, a Distribution Act, a new bankruptcy law, and the repeal of the Independent Treasury.

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19. In his two-hour speech at Columbus, John Tyler entirely avoided the issue of the Bank of the United States, one of the major questions of the day.

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20. In his journey of nearly two months, John Tyler made speeches at rallies.

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21. John Tyler had been a vice-presidential candidate in 1836, and having him on the ticket might win Virginia, the most populous state in the South.

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22. John Tyler attended the convention and was with the Virginia delegation, although he had no official status.

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23. John Tyler had been drawn into Virginia politics even as a US Senator.

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24. John Tyler hoped electors would be unable to elect a vice president, and that he would be one of the top two vote-getters, from whom the Senate, under the Twelfth Amendment, must choose.

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25. John Tyler was offered a judgeship in exchange for resigning his seat, but he declined.

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26. In some matters John Tyler was on good terms with Jackson.

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27. John Tyler repeatedly declined the offer, endorsing Randolph as the best candidate, but the political pressure continued to mount.

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28. John Tyler was re-elected unanimously to a second one-year term in December 1826.

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29. John Tyler was deeply devoted to Jefferson, and his eloquent eulogy was well received.

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30. John Tyler enjoyed a prominent oratorical platform but could do little to influence the legislature.

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31. John Tyler declined to seek renomination in late 1820, citing ill health.

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32. John Tyler was elected for a full term without opposition in early 1819.

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33. John Tyler sought the seat, as did his friend and political ally Andrew Stevenson.

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34. The elder John Tyler served four years as Speaker of the House of Delegates before becoming a state court judge.

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35. John Tyler was the first president to see his veto of legislation overridden by Congress.

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36. With the death of President Harrison, John Tyler became the first vice president to succeed to the presidency without election.

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37. John Tyler served as a Virginia state legislator, governor, US representative, and US senator.

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38. John Tyler ascended to the presidency after Harrison's death in April 1841, only a month after the start of the new administration.

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