John Tyler, the Accidental President

John Tyler, the Accidental President

eBook - 2012
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The first vice president to become president on the death of the incumbent, John Tyler (1790-1862) was derided by critics as "His Accidency." In this biography of the tenth president, Edward P. Crapol challenges depictions of Tyler as a die-hard advocate of states' rights, limited government, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution. Instead, he argues, Tyler manipulated the Constitution to increase the executive power of the presidency. Crapol also highlights Tyler's faith in America's national destiny and his belief that boundless territorial expansion would preserve the Un.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781469602288
Characteristics: 1 online resource (357 pages)


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