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John Tyler, the Accidental President

John Tyler, the Accidental President


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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 Union as a slaveholding republic. When Tyler sided with the Confederacy in 1861, he was branded as America's "traitor" president for having betrayed the republic he once led.

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PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date2012-01-18
EditionRevised ed.
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Edward P. Crapol is a distinguished scholar and versatile author, best known for his impressive work in the field of American History. Holding a doctorate in History from the University of Kansas, Crapol embarked on his academic career in the 1960s, marking significant contributions to scholarship which primarily focus on early American political figures. His distinctly analytical approach to early American History has won him great acclaim within academia. Notably, he is acclaimed for his books on John Tyler and John Quincy Adams, elucidating their political career and impact with unprecedented depth. Crapol's ability to meticulously unravel varying historical narratives provide contemporary audiences with detailed insights into pivotal periods of American history. Today, retired as the Pullen Professor Emeritus at the College of William and Mary, Edward P. Crapol continues to impact the historical academic world with his comprehensive insights and valuable literature. His long-standing career and contributions have played a significant role in shaping modern understanding of early American History.

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