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John Tyler the Accidental President

Edward P. Crapol

Abstract

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 depictions of Tyler as a diehard advocate of states' rights, limited government, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Instead, it argues, Tyler manipulated the Constitution to increase the executive power of the presidency. The author also highlights Tyler's faith in America's national destiny and his belief that boundless territorial expansion would preserve the Union as a slaveholding republi ... More

Keywords: vice president, John Tyler, His Accidency, tenth president, states' rights, limited government, Constitution, executive power, presidency, territorial expansion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807872239
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807882726_crapol

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward P. Crapol, author