John Tyler was a senator from Virginia. He 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. He 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 was a firm believer in Manifest Destiny, favoring the annexation of Texas. He opposed federalism and strongly supported states᾽ 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 United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices and other federal executive officials.
John Tyler was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as 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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