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John Tyler: A Resource Guide

John Tyler served as the tenth president of the United States (1841-45), assuming the presidency upon the death of William Henry Harrison. This guide provides access to digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with John Tyler, including the John Tyler Papers held in the Library's Manuscript Division. Born in Virginia on March 29, 1790, Tyler served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1811-16 and 1839), U.S. House of Representatives (1816-21), and U.S. Senate (1827-36). He also served as Governor of Virginia (1825-27). In 1841, Tyler was elected Vice President of the United States on the Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison. After the death of President Harrison on April 4, 1841, Tyler took the oath of office two days later and became the tenth president of the United States (1841-45). Tyler did not seek reelection. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate House of Representatives (1861) until his death on January 18, 1862.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to John Tyler such as manuscripts, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Tyler and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.