And Tyler Too

Wouldn’t it be interesting to talk today to the grandson of Abraham Lincoln? Obviously not possible. Abe was our 16th President from 1860 to 1865 and couldn’t possibly have grandchildren alive. But, what about our 10th President? John Tyler served twenty years before Abe, from 1841 to 1845. We can talk to his grandkids. He has TWO still alive. One was in poor health in Tennessee a few months back and I haven’t seen any news about him. However, his younger brother is alive and in great health and eighty five years old. Harrison Tyler lives in the original Tyler home in Virginia. It doesn’t seem possible does it? Here is a shrunken family tree to explain this real phenomenon.
Tyler and grandsonsPresident Tyler had eight children with his first wife. She died and he re-married and had seven children with her. He was 63 years old when Harrison Tyler’s father was born. Then this last Tyler son did the same. He had a bunch of children with wife number one and another bunch with wife number two and Harrison Tyler was born when his father was 75.

Last week I wrote a little about the President, General William Henry Harrison, that Tyler served under as Vice-President.

Harrison died just a month after taking office. His Vice-President, John Tyler was prepared. He immediately moved into the White House, took the oath of office and assumed the duties. That’s when the proverbial poop hit the fan. This had never happened and there was nothing in the Constitution that actually said the VP was to become the PREZ. Vaguely worded the Constitution stated: “In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President.” It doesn’t really say the VP becomes the President, it says the powers of the office devolve to the VP. From that moment on there was a faction in all the government branches that called John Tyler, “His Accidency.” (kind of like the birthers, today) Correspondence would come to President Tyler addressed to Vice President or Acting President.
Tyler would return the mail unopened. This entire hullabaloo brought about our 25th Amendment which clarifies the language of Presidential succession.

Enough already, there are at least three or four of you reading this that needs to stop reading and get on with your shopping. Tomorrow is not the time to try and find that perfect gift…right now.  Get on with it.  Merry Christmas, too.

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2 Responses to And Tyler Too

  1. fiddlrts says:

    I would argue that the 25th Amendment, while it did codify the “Tyler Precedent,” wasn’t really in response to Tyler’s presidency. After all, it wasn’t enacted until over 100 years later. During that time, numerous presidents had died in office, and the Vice Presidents had taken over without incident.

    Probably the greater worry was raised after FDR died, because Truman served for nearly an entire term without a Vice President. The current Succession Act (and our current one too) led to a situation where the presidency could switch parties without an election unless there was a procedure for picking a Vice President.

    Interesting history. Just think, you could still be having toddlers. 😉

    • bakoheat says:

      Well written and I thank you for clarifying that the 25th didn’t come along right away. As far as me having toddlers, I have to admit, I’m still trying, cause it’s fun, but, I think I’m the only one. BTW, I just remembered that great speech from Alexander Haig (I’m in charge here) when Ronald Reagan had been shot, VP Bush was in flight, hours from Washington and the Russians were thinking it was a great opportunity to possibly strike us. Even though he was not in the “line of succession” he wanted to let the Russians know their hated American General wouldn’t take any funny stuff.

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