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John Tyler the Accidental President$
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Edward P. Crapol

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872239

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882726_crapol

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Retirement & Secession

Retirement & Secession

(p.223) 7 Retirement & Secession
John Tyler the Accidental President

Edward P. Crapol

University of North Carolina Press

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 of the first tributes came from the Ladies of Brazoria County, which is in eastern Texas, south of Houston. They presented the former president with a beautiful inscribed silver pitcher “as a small token of their gratitude for the benefits conferred upon their Country by procuring its Annexation to the United States.” In a letter sent with the silver pitcher, the Brazoria ladies praised John Tyler for his wisdom, zeal, and political sagacity and thanked him for acquiring Texas “without the effusion of blood or loss of treasure.” The ladies assured the former president that all of Texas “hails your name with reverence and contemplates your character with admiration.”

Keywords:   John Tyler, White House, Virginia planter, Brazoria County, silver pitcher

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