John Tyler served as the 10th president of the United States from 1841 to 1845, succeeding William Henry Harrison who died after only one month in office. John Tyler was the first vice-president to take over the office due to the death of a sitting president.Continue Reading
Because there was no precedent for Tyler, it was not clear exactly what would happen when President Harrison died, as the wording of the Constitution was a bit ambiguous. President Tyler insisted that he was now president with all of the rights and responsibilities that came with the office.
His one term as president was a difficult one for him politically. He broke with his own party, the Whigs, and his cabinet members changed frequently. He became the first president to have a veto overridden by Congress. President Tyler did not run in the 1844 presidential election.Learn more about US History