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John Tyler Quick Facts

President Number10
Terms In Office47/48ths
Years1841-1845
Political PartyWhig / Nonpartisan
Vice PresidentVacant
Home StateVirginia
Slaves Owned70
Presidential Pet Canary (Johnny Ty)
Articles Used in Ranking12
Number of Unique Books11

 

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The Best Book About John Tyler
(Appears on 7 Lists)



John Tyler by Gary May

John Tyler (The American Presidents #10) by Gary May, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Lists It Appears On:

  • All The Presidents Books
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mashable
  • Presidents USA
  • The Tailored Man
  • The Washington Post

When William Henry Harrison died in April 1841, just one month after his inauguration, Vice President John Tyler assumed the presidency. It was a controversial move by this Southern gentleman, who had been placed on the fractious Whig ticket with the hero of Tippecanoe in order to sweep Andrew Jackson’s Democrats, and their imperial tendencies, out of the White House.

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#2 Book
(Appears on 5 Lists)



John Tyler: Champion of the Old South by Oliver P. Chitwood

John Tyler- Champion of the Old South by Oliver P. Chitwood
Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mandi Lindner
  • Presidents USA
  • The Washington Post

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#3
(Appears on 4 Lists)



John Tyler: The Accidental President by Edward Crapol

John Tyler- The Accidental President by Edward P. Crapol
Lists It Appears On:

  • At Times Dull
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

The first vice president to become president on the death of the incumbent, John Tyler (1790-1862) was derided by critics as “His Accidency.” In this biography of the tenth president, Edward P. Crapol challenges depictions of Tyler as a die-hard advocate of states’ rights, limited government, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Instead, he argues, Tyler manipulated the Constitution to increase the executive power of the presidency. Crapol also highlights Tyler’s faith in America’s national destiny and his belief that boundless territorial expansion would preserve the Union as a slaveholding republic. When Tyler sided with the Confederacy in 1861, he was branded as America’s “traitor” president for having betrayed the republic he once led.

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#4-5
(Appear on 2 Lists)



And Tyler Too: A Biography of John & Julia Gardiner Tyler by Robert Seager

And Tyler Too- A Biography of John and Julia Gardiner Tyler by Robert II Seager
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

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The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison & John Tyler by Norma Lois Peterson

The Presidencies of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler (American Presidency Series) by Norma Lois Peterson
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

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.

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#6-11
(Appear on 1 List)



A Whig Embattled: The Presidency Under John Tyler by Robert J. Morgan

A Whig Embattled- The Presidency Under John Tyler by Robert J. Morgan
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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And Tyler Too by Donald Barr Chidsey

And Tyler too by Donald Barr Chidsey
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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John Tyler: A President of Many Firsts by Jane C. Walker

John Tyler- The President of Many Firsts by Jane C. Walker
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

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John Tyler: Tenth President of the United States by Dee Lillegard

John Tyler- Tenth President of the United States by Dee Lillegard
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

A biography of the Virginian who became tenth president of the United States upon the death of William Henry Harrison.

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Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents And The Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose

The Presidents' War- Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them by Chris DeRose
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

For the first time, readers will experience America’s gravest crisis through the eyes of the five former presidents who lived it. Author and historian Chris DeRose chronicles history’s most epic Presidential Royal Rumble, which culminated in a multi-front effort against Lincoln’s reelection bid, but not before

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The Republican Vision of John Tyler by Dan Monroe

The Republican Vision of John Tyler by R. Daniel Monroe
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

Historians have generally ranked John Tyler as one of the least successful chief executives, despite achievements such as the WebsterAshburton treaty, which heralded improved relations with Great Britain, and the annexation of Texas. Why did Tyler pursue what appears to have been a politically selfdestructive course with regard to both his first party, the Democrats, and his later political alliance, the Whigs? Monroe has set out to explain the beliefs that led to Tyler=s resigning his Senate seat and exercising politically suicidal presidential vetoes as well as examines the crises Tyler faced during his term in the House: the Panic of 1819, the financially tottering national bank, and the Missouri debate.

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The Best John Tyler Book Lists Consulted



SourceArticle
All The Presidents BooksOne Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
At Times DullJanet’s Presidential Biography Project & Blog
Best Presidential BiosThe Best Presidential Biographies
Huffington PostPresidents’ Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies
Library of CongressSelected Bibliography
Mandi Lindner44 Presidents and Their Definitive Biographies
MashableWhy I’m spending a year reading about every U.S. president
Presidential HistoryPresidential Resources
Presidential History (Again)Pulitzer Prize Winning Books About Presidents
Presidents USAFURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JOHN TYLER
The Tailored ManThe 44 Best Presidential Biographies
The Washington PostThe Fix’s list of best presidential biographies

 

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