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John Tyler: A Resource Guide

John Tyler: tenth president of the United States
 John Tyler: Tenth President of the United States.
1 print: lithograph, hand-colored.
New York: Published by N. Currier, [between 1835 and 1856]
Prints & Photographs Division.
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Digital Collections

John Tyler Papers

The John Tyler Papers, one of twenty-three presidential collections in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, contains more than 1,400 items dating from 1691 to 1918, most of which fall between 1757 and 1918. The collection is made up primarily of correspondence, including letters and copies of letters to or from Tyler (1790-1862), a governor and U.S. representative and senator from Virginia, who served as vice president under William Henry Harrison before becoming the tenth president of the United States upon Harrison’s death in 1841.  Also included are letters to and from Julia Gardiner Tyler, Tyler’s second wife, and members of the Gardiner family, and “autograph” letters by others, which were collected by Tyler.

A selection of highlights includes:

Additional Digital Collections

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

This collection contains a large selection of congressional material related to John Tyler's political career as a member of the House of Representatives, U.S. senator, vice president, and president. Search this collection by date and type of publication to find materials related to Tyler.

  • The Annals of Congress provides the text of congressional debates from Tyler's service in the House of Representatives (1816-21).
  • The Register of Debates provides the text of congressional debates from Tyler's service in the U.S. Senate (1827-36).
  • The Congressional Globe provides the text of congressional debates and presidential messages from Tyler's presidency (1841-45), including his First, Second, Third, and Fourth Annual Messages to Congress. This publication also contains information on the first presidential veto overridden by Congress in American history, a vote on a minor funding bill for cutters and steamers that occurred on Tyler's last day in office.
  • The United States Statutes at Large contain the full text of all the laws enacted and treaties ratified during Tyler's presidency, including the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1843 that normalized U.S.-British relations and the first formal treaty signed between the U.S. and China.
  • The Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America documents the proceedings of the Confederate Congress from 1861 to 1865. After Virginia seceded from the Union, Tyler served in the provisional Confederate Congress and was elected to the Confederate States of America's House of Representatives. Tyler died on January 18, 1862, before he could take his seat. A resolution in honor of John Tyler can be found in the Journals on January 20, 1862.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, Ca. 1820 to 1860

This collection consists of over 15,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860.

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. Search the collection to find items related to John Tyler, including his veto of the rechartering the Bank of the United States in 1841 and a treaty with Ecuador ratified in 1842.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide

This collection contains approximately 400 items relating to presidential inaugurations, including an image of John Tyler receiving the news of William Henry Harrison's death.

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