John Tyler grew up with a large family in Charles City County, Virginia on a plantation named Sherwood Forest. His father, John Tyler, was the governor of Virginia and later a judge. His mother, Mary Armistead, died when John was seven years old. John's sibling's names were Anne, Elizabeth, Martha, Maria, Christiana, Wat, and William.
John Tyler had formal education at the College of William and Mary in 1807. He studied law.
John Tyler was governor of Virginia and the Vice President of the United States for William Henry Harrison.
John Tyler became president because William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia during his term when John was Vice President. He was the 10th president of the United States. His years in office were from 1841-1845.
Impact & Legacy
The impacts John Tyler made in office were making Florida a part of the Union, making Texas a part of the United States, signing the Log Cabin Bill which let settlers claim land before it was for sale and then purchase it later, signing a tariff that helped protect northern manufacturers, thinking that states governments should have more power than the Federal government, and getting kicked out of the Whig Party. One of John Tyler's famous quotes is "Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality."
John Tyler was nicknamed "His Accidency" because he was not elected president and his rivals said he got to be president by accident.