John Tylerby Betsy Ochester
John Tyler, elected vice president under William Henry Harrison was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency when Harrison died only one month into his term. When Tyler vetoed bills passed by his Whig party in congress, his cabinet resigned, and he was expelled from the party, becoming the "President without a party," and was the target of violent demonstrations. After his wife died in the White House, Tyler courted and married Julia Gardiner, 30 years his junior, and she became the most admired White House hostess since Dolley Madison. His major accomplishment was the annexation of Texas, which he signed into law in the last week of his term.
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