Nickname: His Accidency

Year in office: 1841–1845

Political party: Whig

Birthday: March 29, 1790

Official presidential portrait of John Tyler

by George Peter Alexander Healy, 1859

Tyler Receiving the News of Harrison’s Death., 1888 (Library of Congress)

In 1841, John Tyler set a precedent that was followed many times after. When President William Henry Harrison died, Tyler took the oath of office and assumed the office of the president. There were some who questioned whether this move was constitutional. But Tyler stayed the course, going so far as to return mail that was addressed to the “Acting President.” 

John Tyler was never elected president. He briefly ran as third party candidate in 1844, but withdrew early.


Sherwood Forest, Charles City, VA


Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


Davis, Kenneth C., and Pedro Martin. Don’t Know Much about the Presidents. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.

DeGregorio, William A., and Aaron Jaffe. The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books, Inc., 2017.

Kane, Joseph Nathan, and Janet Podell. Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Information. New York: H.W. Wilson, 2009.


Encyclopedia Britannica, britannica.com

Library of Congress, loc.gov

Miller Center, University of Virginia, millercenter.org/the-presidency

The White House, whitehouse.gov

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