The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison & John Tyler (American Presidency Series)

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Wearied by the hotly contested "Log Cabin and Hard Cider" campaign that unseated the Democratic incumbent, Martin Van Buren, Harrison succumbed to pneumonia after only one month in office, the first chief executive to die in the White House. His death precipitated a governmental crisis, which Vice President John Tyler promptly resolved?to the consternation of his Whig Party?by claiming the office and title of president, thus setting a precedent that only later was codified in ...
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Wearied by the hotly contested "Log Cabin and Hard Cider" campaign that unseated the Democratic incumbent, Martin Van Buren, Harrison succumbed to pneumonia after only one month in office, the first chief executive to die in the White House. His death precipitated a governmental crisis, which Vice President John Tyler promptly resolved—to the consternation of his Whig Party—by claiming the office and title of president, thus setting a precedent that only later was codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution.

Instead of the pliable Harrison, the Whigs confronted in Tyler a tenacious defender of presidential prerogative and a formidable foe of their plan to establish congressional supremacy over the executive branch. Threatened with impeachment, repeatedly exhorted to resign, banished from the Whig Party, abandoned by his cabinet, and burned in effigy, Tyler stood firm and maintained the integrity of the presidential office.

Peterson argues that the Tyler administration deserves more credit than it has received for what was accomplished—and preserved—under difficult circumstances.

This book is part of the American Presidency Series.

Author Biography: Norma Lois Peterson is Emeritus Professor of History at Adams State College of Colorado.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
An excellent narrative. . . . Recommended most highly.
History: Reviews of New Books
Peterson forces us to revise our pictures of one of American history's more blurry eras and shows us its importance as well. An educated general public, college students, and professional historians will all benefit from this fine work.
Journal of Southern History
Peterson has rendered a balanced, highly readable, and enjoyable account of presidential politics during the terms of Harrison and Tyler. She has brought life and meaning to a period frequently thought of as a void in American political history.
Journal of the Early Republic
Peterson has worked her way through the tangled skein of the Harrison-Tyler presidencies with clarity and authority. . . . A worthy addition to the succesful American Presidency Series, Peterson's study will become a standard account of these hitherto neglected years.
Library Journal
The 21st volume of the series is a reinterpretation of the Tyler presidency. Harrison's sudden death in office left Tyler to handle the antagonism of those who had expected to dominate Harrison. Tyler was a strong executive who made achievements in foreign affairs and who zealously guarded the right of the executive branch to refuse to submit to Congressional directives. Threatened with impeachment, banished from his party, abandoned by his cabinet, Tyler insisted on honoring the Constitutional system of checks and balances. Peterson has contributed a new view of a period of political turmoil. Her exhaustive use of primary and secondary sources supports her picture of Tyler. This is a significant revision, appropriate for public, academic, and research libraries.-- Susan E. Parker, Harvard Law Sch. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604005
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Series: American Presidency Series
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 1,184,705
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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