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 Congress passed a bill establishing the Bank of the United States on 8/6/1841, and on 8/13/1841 Congress repealed the Independent Treasury Act.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