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OfficePresident
TypeDemocratic Primary Election
Filing Deadline May 01, 1844 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open May 27, 1844 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close May 28, 1844 - 08:00pm Central
Term Start March 04, 1845 - 12:00pm
Term End March 04, 1849 - 12:00pm
Turnout 0.00% Total Population
ContributorChronicler
Last ModifiedChronicler November 11, 2008 08:30pm
Data SourcesNiles Weekly Register, 6/1/1844; newspaper Farmer's Cabinet 6/6/1844.
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President Tyler's Term

The accidental presidency of John Tyler became the story of one dramatic turn after another. He ascended to the presidency on 4/6/1841, two days after the death of Pres. William Henry Harrison. As President, Tyler established the precedent that a Vice President assuming the Presidency will not call a special presidential election.

Before his death, Pres. Harrison had called Congress into session on 5/31/1841, seven months earlier than usual. The Whigs have strong majorities in both the Senate and House. Sen. Henry Clay introduced a series of bills to enact the Whig agenda from the 1840 campaign. Congress passed a bill establishing the Bank of the United States on 8/6/1841, and on 8/13/1841 Congress repealed the Independent Treasury Act. President Tyler incredibly vetoed the bank bill on 8/16/1841. Lacking the votes to override the veto, Congress passed a watered-down bank bill on 9/3/1841, which Tyler vetoed on 9/9/1841. Two days later, the entire Cabinet except for SOS Daniel Webster resigned in protest.

Gridlock between the President and Congress continued into 1842. A frustrated Henry Clay resigned from the Senate on 3/31/1842 rather than attempting to work with the obstinate President.

Meanwhile, Tyler scored a series of foreign policy victories. The Webster-Ashburton treaty settled the disputed boundary between Maine and Canada. Congress on three occasions passed new tariff bills, and Tyler vetoed all three. By early 18

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyWhig Won04/06/1841
NameJohn Tyler Votes1 (100.00%)
Term04/06/1841 - 03/04/1845 Margin1 (+100.00%)
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  PartyDemocratic Won12/04/1844
NameJames K. Polk Votes170 (61.82%)
Term03/04/1845 - 03/04/1849 Margin65 (+23.64%)
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