John Tyler (Hardcover)
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|Traces the events of the tenth executive leaders presidency from his unexpected ascent after the premature death of William Henry Harrison and unpopular veto of a proposed Bank of the United States to his secret efforts to bring Texas into the Union and indirect role in promoting secession. *Author: May, Gary/ Schlesinger, Arthur Meier (EDT)/ Wilentz, Sean (EDT) *Series Title: American Presidents *Publication Date: 2008/12/09 *Number of Pages: 183 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50|
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Traces the events of the tenth executive leader's presidency from his unexpected ascent after the premature death of William Henry Harrison and unpopular veto of a proposed Bank of the United States to his secret efforts to bring Texas into the Union and indirect role in promoting secession.
The first ?accidental president,? whose secret maneuverings brought Texas into the Union and set secession in motion
When William Henry Harrison died in April 1841, just one month after his inauguration, Vice President John Tyler assumed the presidency. It was a controversial move by this Southern gentleman, who had been placed on the fractious Whig ticket with the hero of Tippecanoe in order to sweep Andrew Jackson's Democrats, and their imperial tendencies, out of the White House.
Soon Tyler was beset by the Whigs' competing factions. He vetoed the charter for a new Bank of the United States, which he deemed unconstitutional, and was expelled from his own party. In foreign policy, as well, Tyler marched to his own drummer. He engaged secret agents to help resolve a border dispute with Britain and negotiated the annexation of Texas without the Senate's approval. The resulting sectional divisions roiled the country.
Gary May, a historian known for his dramatic accounts of secret government, sheds new light on Tyler's controversial presidency, which saw him set aside his dedication to the Constitution to gain his two great ambitions: Texas and a place in history.
Gary May's concise study of the 10th president tells how, following the death of President William Henry Harrison one month into his term, John Tyler assumed all the powers of the highest office in the land. Though this was not without controversy--Tyler was to be called "His Accidency" throughout his four years in office--it set the precedent for situations that followed. Tyler's difficult presidency is remembered for the annexation of Texas in 1845, yet May shows how Tyler was engaged with both domestic and foreign policy matters--some of which had significant repercussions in the years that followed.