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In office: April 4, 1841 – March 4, 1845
Born: March 29, 1790, Charles City County, Virginia
Tyler, Jr. was the tenth President of the United States (1841-1845),
and the first ever to obtain that office via succession. He was also the
first and one of only two (along with Andrew Johnson) to have no party
affiliation during part of his term.
A long-time Democrat-Republican, Tyler was nonetheless elected Vice
President on the Whig ticket. Upon the death of President William Henry
Harrison on April 4, 1841, only a month after his inauguration, the
nation was briefly in a state of confusion regarding the process of
Ultimately the situation was settled with Tyler becoming President
both in name and in fact, and Tyler took the presidential oath of office
on April 6, 1841, initiating a custom that would govern future
successions. It was not until 1967 that Tyler's action of assuming full
powers of the presidency was legally codified in the Twenty-fifth
Died: January 18, 1862 (aged 71), Richmond, Virginia
Throughout Tyler's life, he suffered from poor health. Frequent colds
occurred every winter as he aged. After his exit from the White House,
he fell victim to repeated cases of dysentery. He has been quoted as
having many aches and pains in the last eight years of his life.
In 1862, after complaining of chills and dizziness, he vomited and
collapsed during the Congress of Confederacy. He was revived, yet the
next day he admitted to the same symptoms. It was likely that John Tyler
died of a stroke.
Where is John Tyler buried?
- Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
- Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
- Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky