Vice President John Tyler (1790–1862) served as the 10th president of the United States, assuming office after the death of President William Henry Harrison. He was the first vice president to ascend to the presidency upon the president's death. In the wake of constitutional silence on the succession issue, Tyler established the precedent of assuming full presidential powers rather than the lesser role of acting president. Tyler was a Democrat turned Whig whose conflicts with Congress led to his use of the presidential veto ...

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