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John Tyler

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In office: April 4, 1841 March 4, 1845

Born: March 29, 1790, Charles City County, Virginia

John TylerJohn Tyler, Jr. was the tenth President of the United States (1841-1845), and the first ever to obtain that office via succession. He was also the first and one of only two (along with Andrew Johnson) to have no party affiliation during part of his term.

A long-time Democrat-Republican, Tyler was nonetheless elected Vice President on the Whig ticket. Upon the death of President William Henry Harrison on April 4, 1841, only a month after his inauguration, the nation was briefly in a state of confusion regarding the process of succession. 

Ultimately the situation was settled with Tyler becoming President both in name and in fact, and Tyler took the presidential oath of office on April 6, 1841, initiating a custom that would govern future successions. It was not until 1967 that Tyler's action of assuming full powers of the presidency was legally codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment.

Died: January 18, 1862 (aged 71), Richmond, Virginia

Throughout Tyler's life, he suffered from poor health. Frequent colds occurred every winter as he aged. After his exit from the White House, he fell victim to repeated cases of dysentery. He has been quoted as having many aches and pains in the last eight years of his life. 

In 1862, after complaining of chills and dizziness, he vomited and collapsed during the Congress of Confederacy. He was revived, yet the next day he admitted to the same symptoms. It was likely that John Tyler died of a stroke.

Where is John Tyler buried?

  • Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
  • Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky

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Angels on your pillowHollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

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