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The Baltimore Sun

John Tyler

March 29, 1790 -- Jan. 18. 1862 State: Virginia Religion: Episcopalianism Marriages: Letitia Christian (died Sept. 10, 1842); Julia Gardiner. Military service: During the War of 1812, Tyler joined the militia, but saw no action. Party: Whig, but left that party. Term: April 6, 1841 - March 3, 1845 Vice president: Vacant. Highlights of presidency: Tyler refused to resurrect the national bank destroyed by Andrew Jackson, and Tyler's whole Cabinet resigned, except Secretary of State Daniel Webster, leaving Tyler without party affiliation. He signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty resolving the border between the U.S. and Canada from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rockies. Three days before the end of his term, Tyler signed a joint resolution of Congress annexing the Texas territory and extending the dividing line between free and slave states so that eventually Texas would be a slave state. Did you know? Tyler was the first vice president to accede to the presidency on a president's death. At the time of his death, Tyler was a member of the Confederate House of Representatives. His casket was draped with a Confederate flag in Richmond.
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