John Tyler’s Birthday

john_tyler

Today is the 219th birthday of John Tyler, tenth president of the United States and the first to assume office upon the death a sitting president. John Tyler had assumed the office of Vice President a mere month prior to the death of President William Henry Harrison on April 4, 1841. Through determined action, Tyler established the precedent of the Vice President becoming President – not merely “Acting President” – upon the death of an incumbent president, a precedent eventually formalized by the adoption of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

Arguably a much more important president than his relative obscurity might imply, we’ll look at Tyler and his presidency tomorrow in greater detail as we review Edward P. Crapol’s John Tyler: The Accidental President.

Advertisements
Published in: on March 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://haysvillelibrary.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/john-tylers-birthday/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: