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John Tyler letter

John Tyler letter, 1852 Dec. 27
John Tyler letter
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1852 Dec. 27
Letter, 27 December 1852, from John Tyler (1790-1862) of Charles City County, Virginia, to John Henry (1796-1868), asking Henry if he possesses any correspondence between their fathers, John Tyler (1747-1813) and Patrick Henry (1736-1799), and if so, might Tyler be able to see the letters. Tyler comments on his father's admiration for Patrick Henry
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John Tyler was born 29 March 1790 in Charles City County, Virginia to John Tyler (1747-1813) and Mary Marot Armistead Tyler (1761-1797). He attended private schools and graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1807. Tyler studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1809 and began practicing in Charles City County. Tyler represented Charles City County in the House of Delegates from 1811 to 1816. He was appointed a member of the council of state in 1816, and was elected as a Republican to Congress, serving from 1817 to 1821. After declining reelection because of poor health, Tyler returned to the House of Delegates from 1823 until elected governor of Virginia in 1825. When his term ended in 1827, Tyler was elected to the United States Senate in 1827 and served until resigning in 1836. While Senator, Tyler served as a member of the State constitutional convention of 1829-1830. After leaving the U.S. Senate, Tyler again returned to the House of Delegates. In 1840, he was elected Vice President of the United States and succeeded to the presidency upon the death of William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) in 1841. Tyler finished his term in 1845 and returned to Virginia. When the Civil War was iminent, Tyler served as a delegate to and president of the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war. He was elected to the Confederate Provisional Congress in 1861 and to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress. Tyler married first, Letitia Christian (1790-1842) of New Kent County, Virginia, and they had eight children. He married second Julia Gardiner (1820-1889) of New York, and they had seven children. Tyler died in Richmond, Virginia, 18 January 1862, and was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.
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