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John Tyler

John Tyler served his nation in a variety of public positions prior to being chosen as William Henry Harrison's vice-presidential running mate in 1841. For more than 75 years after leaving office, historians regarded him as a "mediocre" man and politician at best, but his reputation has since greatly improved. Today, Tyler is generally regarded as someone who displayed great courage and imagination and a devotion to the principles of Thomas Jefferson.

Chronology of His Life and Career

John Tyler Birthplace March 29, 1790 Born in Charles City County, Virginia.
  1807 Graduated from William and Mary College.
  1809 Admitted to the Virginia Bar.
  1811 Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
  1812 Became a captain of volunteers, but resigned after a month because his company had seen no action.
  March 29, 1813 Married Letitia Christian.
  1816 Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives.
  1821 Defeated in bid for the U. S. Senate.
    Chancellor of William and Mary College.
  1825 Elected Governor of Virginia.
  1827 Elected to the U. S. Senate.
  1840 Elected Vice-President of the United States.
President John Tyler April 6, 1841 Succeeded to the presidency.
  1842 Mrs. Letitia Tyler died.
Sherwood Forest 1842 Purchased Sherwood Forest.
  June 26, 1844 Married Julia Gardiner.
  1861 Elected to the Confederate House of Representatives.
Tyler's Grave January 18, 1862 Died in Richmond, Virginia.

See Also

William Henry Harrison
Thomas Jefferson

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