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“The Whig Party Seems Now Totally Broken Up and Dismembered”

Michael F. Holt

in The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161045
eISBN:
9780199849635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161045.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The story of the first Whig presidential administration is a story of opportunity lost. Although it is a tale often told, most accounts have been biographical and have focused largely on personal ... More


Retirement & Secession

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.11
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter focuses on the few short months after John Tyler left the White House to retire to the life of a tidewater Virginia planter, at which time the appreciative accolades began to appear. One ... More


Texas

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.10
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter shows how John Tyler had his eye on the prize of Texas from the moment he entered the White House. Americans had long been interested in acquiring Texas. At the time of the Louisiana ... More


Movements and Monuments

Margot Minardi

in Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195379372
eISBN:
9780199869152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter shows how the idea that slavery was fundamentally at odds with local heritage shaped abolitionist efforts to gain public support in the 1830s and 40s. In Boston, as the construction of ... More


Defending Slavery

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.7
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter describes how John Tyler spent much of his public career defending slavery from its enemies at home and abroad. This was especially apparent during his presidency, when the aristocratic, ... More


Avoiding War & Preserving Peace

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.8
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter describes how the young Queen Victoria was understandably perplexed about the American president's unique proposal. In only the fourth year of her glorious and lengthy reign, the ... More


John Tyler the Accidental President

Edward P. Crapol

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

The first vice president to become president on the death of the incumbent, John Tyler (1790–1862) was derided by critics as “His Accidency.” This biography of the tenth president challenges ... More


“I am President”: John Tyler, Presidential Succession, the Crisis of Legitimacy, and the Defense of Presidential Power

Aaron Scott Crawford

in When Life Strikes the President: Scandal, Death, and Illness in the White House

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190650759
eISBN:
9780190650780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190650759.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, American History: 20th Century

John Tyler was the first vice president in American history to succeed to the presidency upon the death of an incumbent president (William Henry Harrison), and few such successions have been as ... More


Forewarned, Forearmed

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.5
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter talks about President William Henry Harrison's death due to pneumonia after just a month in office. Popular legend has it that Vice President John Tyler was momentarily stunned when ... More


Conclusion: Precedents & Legacies

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.12
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This book concludes with John Tyler's death in a hotel room in Richmond, Virginia. The seventy-one-year-old former president of the United States was in the capital of the Confederacy to take his ... More


Introduction

Edward P. Crapol

in John Tyler the Accidental President

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872239
eISBN:
9781469602288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882726_crapol.4
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This book is intended to be a just and fair accounting of John Tyler's life and presidency. The author believes this book meets this criteria and offers a tough analysis of good and evil that seeks ... More


John Tyler

Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

in The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300121261
eISBN:
9780300145380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300121261.003.0015
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter discusses John Tyler's accession to chief executive due to William Henry Harrison's untimely demise just a month into his term as president. This dismayed Whig leaders in Congress ... More


Independent of Both: Jackson, Tyler and Polk

Harold H. Bruff

in Untrodden Ground: How Presidents Interpret the Constitution

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226211107
eISBN:
9780226211244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226211244.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

The Monroe Doctrine unilaterally set an enduring executive branch foreign policy. President Andrew Jackson increased presidential control of the executive by rotating officers and by dismissing a ... More


Good Cop: Minister to Great Britain

Matthew Mason

in Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628608
eISBN:
9781469628622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628608.003.0005
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter examines Everett’s service as US minister to Britain with a special eye towards the multiple slavery-related issues with which he and his British counterparts dealt. These included such ... More


At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis

Shearer Davis Bowman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833926
eISBN:
9781469606248
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895672_bowman
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Why did eleven slave states secede from the Union in 1860–61? Why did the eighteen free states loyal to the Union deny the legitimacy of secession, and take concrete steps after Fort Sumter to subdue ... More


More Conventions

Spencer W. McBride

in Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassins, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780190909413
eISBN:
9780197572436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909413.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

This chapter follows the events of the contested Democratic nominating convention of 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland. Martin Van Buren entered the convention as the favorite but faced stiff competition ... More


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