January 18th, 2017

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President John Tyler

On this date in 1862, President John Tyler died. Born March 29, 1790, he represented Virginia in the House of Representatives from 1816 to 1821. After retiring from the House, he served as Governor of Virginia from 1825 to 1827, and then represented the state in the Senate from 1827 to 1836. In 1840, Tyler was elected the 10th Vice President of the United States, and after a scant 31 days in office, succeeded to the Presidency upon William Henry Harrison's death. It was Tyler's insistence, as the first to succeed to the office, that his assumption of power meant he was actually the President, rather than merely the acting President. After his Presidency, Tyler chaired the Virginia Peace Convention, which tried to avert the Civil War, but seeing that no compromise was possible, declared his allegiance to the Confederacy. He was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives in 1861, but died before he could take office.