John Tyler Autograph

SKU: 8009914

Sale priceQAR 6.241,90


Autograph letter signed, one page, 7,75 x 9,25 inch,Williamsburg, (Virginia), 21.12.1838*, to family friend William Spencer Roane (1787-1845, Democratic Senator from Virginia, and son of Judge Spencer Roane and grandson of Founding Father Patrick Henry) - Tyler seeks Roane's "kind intercession" to attain a midshipman's commission from President Martin Van Buren for a Thomas Jones of Gloucester, whose family is "highly respectable and influential", written and signed (as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates) in dark ink "John Tyler", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with an engraved portrait of John Tyler (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with intersecting letter folds and mild foxing- in fine condition.

* The following year the Whig Party would nominate Tyler for the Vice-Presidency, and following William Henry Harrison's victory in the 1840 presidential election - and his sudden death only a month later in April, 1841 - Tyler would ascend to the Presidency.

Further Information on the person

(1790-1862) Tenth president of the United States from 1841 to 1845 after briefly being the tenth vice president (1841)

Year of Birth: 1790

Biography (AI generated)

John Tyler was born on March 29, 1790, in Charles City County, Virginia. He came from a prominent political family and received a quality education, attending the College of William and Mary. After completing his studies, Tyler pursued a career in law and was admitted to the bar in 1809.

In 1811, at the age of 21, Tyler was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. This marked the beginning of his long and distinguished political career. He went on to serve in the United States House of Representatives and as governor of Virginia before being elected vice president under President William Henry Harrison in 1840.

However, Tyler's vice presidency was short-lived as Harrison passed away just one month into his term. Tyler became the first vice president to assume the presidency due to the death of a president. Although he faced opposition and criticism for his unorthodox path to the presidency, Tyler remained steadfast in his commitment to upholding the Constitution and preserving the Union.

During his presidency, Tyler faced a number of significant challenges, including tension with Great Britain and Mexico. However, his most notable achievement was the annexation of Texas in 1845. This move paved the way for the expansion of the United States and set the stage for future territorial acquisitions.

After leaving office, Tyler retired to his plantation in Virginia, where he remained active in politics and served as a delegate to the Peace Conference of 1861. Sadly, Tyler's health began to decline, and he passed away on January 18, 1862, at the age of 71.

John Tyler's presidency may have been tumultuous, but his commitment to his principles and dedication to the country have left a lasting impact. He is remembered as a president who stood firm in the face of adversity and worked tirelessly to strengthen the United States.

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