John Tyler Original Historic Letters and Documents

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Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 586

Here, just six days after Abraham Lincoln won the presidency with a scant 40% of the vote, Former President John Tyler laments the election.
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Former President Tyler Tells His Son He is Hard Pressed to Support His Family

Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 592

Responding to his son's request for a loan, former President Tyler tells his son that between medical bills, providing for his own growing family and supporting his own brother, he doesn't have much to give, but is prepared to help, should his son not be able to secure a loan from a friend.
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Rare Letter of John Tyler as Vice President Recommending a Consul to Galveston, Texas

Autograph Letter Signed

2 pages

SMC 952

Under Tyler's Presidency, Texas was acquired as the twenty eighth state. In this letter, written as Vice President, Tyler recommends someone to consul, as Texas was, at the time, a foreign country.
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President John Tyler Says the Presidency is a Prison

Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 954

President John Tyler, writing to his wife amidst a "political storm," tells her that the Presidency is a prison, from which he can only escape for minutes.
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Autograph Note

2 pages

SMC 955

President John Tyler accepts an engagement on the condition that no presidential duties get in the way. Since he ascended the presidency merely upon the death of President William Henry Harrison, he was referred to by his detractors as "His Accidency." Here Tyler demonstrates his sense of humor and refers to himself as "an accident," explaining that things might occur which would cause him to break the engagement.
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John Tyler, as President of the 1861 Washington Peace Convention, Certifies a Vermont Delegate

Document Signed

1 page

SMC 1048

President John Tyler, who would eventually support the secession of the Southern states, certifies Lucius Chittenden of Vermont, as a delegate from that state, in the failed 1861 Washington Peace Convention. Chittenden took it upon himself to take the minutes of the Conference and indeed, published them three years later.
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John Tyler: His Cabinet Problems, Franklin Pierce’s Election, and Presidential Etiquette

Autograph Letter Signed

3 pages

SMC 1049

Though he expresses admiration for President-Elect Franklin Pierce, and claims he'd be willing to host him, President John Tyler refuses to congratulate Pierce, nor does he invite him over.
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John Tyler, as President of the 1861 Washington Peace Convention, Certifies a Delegate From Massachusetts

Document Signed

1 page

SMC 1050

President John Tyler, who would eventually support the secession of the Southern states, certifies Charles Allen of Massachusetts as a delegate from that state, in the failed 1861 Washington Peace Convention.
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