Friday 30 September 2016

Naked POTUS, number 10: John Tyler

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

He's not got any clothes on but I assure you that this is John Tyler (1790-1862), the tenth President of the United States. Let's find out more:


Born 29th March 1790, Charles City County, Virginia
Died 18th January 1862, Richmond, Virginia

Presidential Term 6th April 1841 - 4th March 1845

John Tyler's actions following the death of President Harrison in April 1841 established a precedent for Presidential Succession that is now enshrined in the US Constitution. Tyler had been elected Vice President in 1840 and upon Harrison's death he took it upon himself to assume all of his duties. 

Shortly afterwards Tyler blocked the formation of the American Third Bank. This led to the entire cabinet, save for Secretary of State Daniel Webster, resigning in protest. Tyler spent the remainder of his Presidency without a party behind him.

Three days before the end of his Presidency, Tyler ratified the annexation of Texas, the first step towards its admission to the Union. On the final day of Tyler's administration, the US expanded to 27 States, with the addition of Florida.

Tyler oversaw both the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, establishing the border between the US and Canada in Maine; and the Treaty of Wanghia, which established US trade access to Chinese ports.

Tyler was the first President of the USA to have been born within the US Presidential era.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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