John Tyler: America’s First Accidental President
By Frank Jackson. As one wry observer put it: “Tyler did well with the short rope given him. But his shortcomings were exaggerated into damning faults, and his weaknesses into imbecilities, while his virtues were depicted as vices. Unlike other presidents, he did not rail against the injustices and sink into malice or bitterness. He was able to forgive his enemies most of the time, and that was his salvation.”
In this booklet, author Frank Jackson gives us the fascinating and often ignored history of John Tyler, America’s first “accidental” president, who assumed the presidency after the death of William Henry Harrison. Tyler served in an extremely tumultuous era, with fractious debate waging over the issues of slavery, banking power, tariffs on foreign goods, the annexation of Texas and relations with Britain and China. High on the list of contentious issues the new president had to deal with was the distinct possibility of civil war breaking out during his term.
Was Tyler a bad president, an average president or one of the best presidents in U.S. history? Find out in this illustrated booklet.
25 pages, 5.5″ × 8.5″ saddle-stitched softcover booklet