1816-1821, U.S. House of Representatives – John Tyler


This U.S. House of Representative John Tyler history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of John Tyler and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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John Tyler was elected vice president on the Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison in 1840.  Tyler became president when Harrison died after only 32 days in office.  Tyler was the first vice president to succeed to the presidency on the death of an incumbent. John Tyler moved into the White House and assumed full presidential powers, setting a precedent that eventually became the 25th Amendment.  He favored the annexation of Texas, opposed federalism and supported statesʼ rights.  He was not reelected in 1844 and retired to his plantation in Virginia.  When the Civil War broke out, Tyler sided with the Confederacy and was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census.  The number of Representatives is set by law at 435.  The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration.  The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.

John Tyler was a member of the U.S. House Representatives prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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