John Tyler’s Birthday


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.

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

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