John Tyler

Overview

At a crucial time in American history, John Tyler—elected vice president on the Whig ticket—became president upon the death of William Henry Harrison. The nation, after expanding across the continent, was suffering from sectional tensions, Indian conflicts, issues over slavery, and economic problems. Tyler's becoming president created a crisis for Whigs, who questioned his intentions, his past record, and his irregular political alliances. Soon, the course he set was unacceptable to both Whigs and Jacksonian ...

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At a crucial time in American history, John Tyler—elected vice president on the Whig ticket—became president upon the death of William Henry Harrison. The nation, after expanding across the continent, was suffering from sectional tensions, Indian conflicts, issues over slavery, and economic problems. Tyler's becoming president created a crisis for Whigs, who questioned his intentions, his past record, and his irregular political alliances. Soon, the course he set was unacceptable to both Whigs and Jacksonian Democrats. His presidency has not received the extensive scholarly study accorded many presidents. This bibliography provides an excellent beginning for those wishing to research Tyler and this critical period in American history.

The definitive study of Tyler is yet to be written. Much of what has been written about him has been highly opinionated. Yet, as this bibliography reveals, primary material on Tyler is abundant. The volume presents in usable format most of the materials by and dealing with Tyler, including both secondary and primary materials. It also includes relevant information on his contemporaries and covers major works dealing with the period. It provides a good introduction to the literature of the times of Tyler.

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Moser cites and often annotates briefly over 2,600 sources of information about Tyler (1790-1862), who became US president on the death of Harrison in 1841, one month after the first Whig administration had been inaugurated. Some are presented in genre sections such as manuscript and archival sources, writings and speeches, biographical publications, historiographical materials, and iconography. The rest consider his early political career, the presidential elections of 1836 and 1840, the vice president, the president, the 1944 election, associates, and his personal life and post-presidential years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

HAROLD D. MOSER is currently editor-director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee. He was formerly editor of the Correspondence Series, The Papers of Daniel Webster, at Dartmouth College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Editor's Preface

Introduction and Acknowledgments

Manuscript and Archival Sources

Writings and Speeches of John Tyler

Biographical Publications

Childhood and Early Development

Early Political Career, 1811-1840

Presidential Election of 1836

Presidential Election of 1840

Vice-President

President, 1841-1845

Presidential Election of 1844

Associates of Tyler

Personal Life and Post-Presidential Years

Historiographical Materials

Iconography

Index

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